OCT 2023


Revelations of self are instead the result of lived experience; a cumulative process of understanding. Day-to-day, we find ourselves engaging with the mundane and the extraordinary, making sense of what we can. Our identities are shaped by the very forces we navigate; the enduring legacy of our wrestling with choices and emotions; with the parts of ourselves we gladly inherit — and those which are foist upon us. 

This new body of work by Luke Kolbusz is a visual articulation of this deeply personal, singular process. In the way all protagonists of dreams are ourselves, these self-portraits oscillate between absence and presence; bleeding and blurring, interspersed with moments of intense detail – all rendered in a counter-intuitive and highly unconventional palette, striking in its breadth and intensity. Faceless figures are embroiled with signs in scenes that feel both laden with symbolism yet remain wholly disorienting in their obscurity – and deliberately so. (excerpt Imogen Kotsoglo, October 2023)

This will be Luke Kolbusz’s third solo exhibition since graduation from Fine Arts at the University of Western Australia and after his sell-out exhibition Big World in 2020 and New Armour in 2021.


Image: Domestic, 2023. Acrylic and oil on linen. 102 x 76CM