Eva Kubbos

E v a   K u b b o s

Secluded Beach

The use of watercolour and gouache has been the medium that I like most to use for my work. Colour washes enable me to obtain brightness of tone and freshness of colour.

In my large paintings, I use opaque colours to cover some of the transparent parts. These are obtained by mixing white gouache with the desired watercolour. Most of my paintings derive from pre-conceived ideas, inspired by the landscape, as it offers an abundance of ideas throughout the seasons and rhythm of change. Usually, I start my paintings in the studio. I use light colour washes, building up vigorously and continuing sometimes with two brushes in my hands, hoping that I will know when to stop. My personal desire is to see watercolour acknowledged rightly for its intrinsic value and contribution to art.

Born in Lithuania, Eva Kubbos arrived in Australia in 1953. She studied at the Hochschule für angewandte Kunst, Berlin, from 1946 to 1951, having been trained in the German expressionist tradition, and later at the Royal Melbourne Technical College and Swinburne Technical College, Melbourne. Her early career was in commercial graphics until 1960, when she moved to Sydney and met compatriot Lithuanian artist, Henry Salkauskas, whose influence led her to abstract expressionist watercolours.

Kubbos has been awarded a considerable number of watercolour prizes, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales Trustees’ Prize for Watercolour (1963, 1970, 1971, 1981) and the John and Elisabeth Newham Pring Memorial Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, which she won ten times between 1970 and 1989.

Her work is held in many public, corporate and private collections, including the Australian National Gallery, Canberra; all State galleries; the former Mertz collection, United States; National Art Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania; National Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Ciurlionis National Art Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania and Chicago, United States.

A member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1965, Eva Kubbos is a former member of the Contemporary Art Society (New South Wales Branch), a Foundation Member of the Sydney Printmakers Society and a member of the Painters’ and Sculptors’ Association of Australia.