Internationally acclaimed watercolourist Joseph Zbukvic and hand-etched contemporary glass artist Kayo Yokoyama reunite for their bi-annual Solo exhibitions at Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane on Friday 9 November 2018.
A leading master of the watercolour medium of his time, Joseph Zbukvic’s impressive achievements and enormous success is due to his ability to transform any subject into visual poetic language. Covering infinite subjects, his sensitive, lyrical and atmospheric paintings have captured people and galleries from all over the world. For Zbukvic, the last two years have been extremely busy with much travel and many new ventures, particularly in China, where he has become somewhat of a celebrity. The Chinese invented watercolours and have embraced Zbukvic with total devotion. However, he never forgets his supporters and faithful followers in Australia, and always sets aside those special pieces for his bi-annual show at Red Hill.
For contemporary glass artist Kayo Yokoyama, her work centres on the theme of home. This specific collection, entitled ‘Secret Garden’, quotes the same title as the ever popular book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” This is how Yokoyama sees her world sometimes. From her perspective, you have to nurse it, admire it, otherwise the world won’t be there in the future. With a love of English literature and the meanings that can be found in-between the lines, Yokoyama quotes “At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they see it can be done – then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago”.