Featured Artist - Szczepan Urbanowicz
Our Featured Artist is watercolourist Szczepan Urbanowicz, whose work is on display in the gallery now until Saturday September 4th 2021. Call into the gallery to see his fabulous work in person.
Szczepan graduated with an Honours Degree in Architecture from the University of Auckland
in 1993. Whilst he had spent his formative years painting and sketching, it wasn’t until 2013
that he rekindled his love of watercolour painting.
Through 2015 and 2016 Szczepan attended workshops offered by some of Australia’s leading
watercolour artists. In particular, the Melbourne workshops led by Alvaro Castagnet and more recent workshops in Mt Tamborine with Herman Pekel gave him the confidence to move beyond the rigid confines of his professional training - of technical details and straight lines and into a world abound in fluidity of forms, from the “literal” towards an expression of the essence of “form”, “mood” and “light”.
He is particularly interested in painting en-plein-air and pursues every opportunity to paint outdoors, to paint spontaneously and be challenged by the elements. In 2018 he started teaching watercolour classes to beginners and advanced students and continues to offer workshops in a variety of broad and specialist subjects. He was in 2018 and 2020 also selected as one of Australia’s representatives to the FabrianoinAcquarello Festival in Fabriano, Italy.
2020 was a turning point. Szczepan took the opportunity to transform his watercolour engagement from local beginnings to International projects. In June 2020, he launched and delivered a significant milestone in ONLINE watercolour communication and collaboration. A very successful “GO WITH THE FLOW – A GLOBAL WATERCOLOUR CONVERSATION” saw the coming together of over 100 of the world’s leading watercolour artists to discuss and chat about their experiences and projects for a 24-hour marathon event to an audience of thousands of LIVE online viewers. He also launched a series of ONLINE watercolour classes, courses, tutorials and workshops that are continuing to engage with an ever-growing online audience.
He is active in the South East Queensland watercolour scene and is injecting a new excitement where ever he teaches and exhibits. He continues to develop a broad range of subject material to supplement his love of architectural and urban themes - recently exploring nautical and seascapes themes alongside a lifelong fascination with sailing craft and old gaffers.
His paintings are regularly exhibited locally and internationally with his works now finding their way into collections around the globe.