Artist finds his happy place
When South West artist and metal sculptor Voytek Kozlowski escaped from his Russian-controlled homeland of Poland as a teenager, he could never have envisaged his journey would lead him to his own patch of paradise in Dunsborough.
The then 19-year-old — soon to be featuring his work at the Dunsborough Arts Festival — was more concerned with evading conscription into an army where he could have been forced to turn a gun on his own people.
“I couldn’t allow that to happen, so I knew it was time to flee,” he said.
After eventually settling in Australia, he made another life-changing decision to move to the hills above Dunsborough after falling in love with the town on a holiday with his wife and young family.
“I found a place that I saw as paradise, and where I believed I could achieve my dreams of becoming a full-time artist,” he said.
Today Mr Kozlowski’s passion and love for Dunsborough is as strong as ever, and he considers himself a lucky man.
“I continually find inspiration for my work in the stunning beach and bush landscape around me here, and in the region’s vibrant arts community,” he said.
“I’m sure that we have more artists per square metre than anywhere in Australia.”
Mr Kozlowski has found success with his metal sculptures which can be found enhancing private and public areas around Australia, including the balustrades adorning Busselton’s Queen Street.
But he said the main event on his calendar every year remained a local one — the annual March long-weekend Dunsborough Arts Festival.
Mr Kozlowski, a past winner of the Festival’s Sculpture by the Bay competition, said he was motivated to create a new sculpture every year especially for the competition.
This year is no exception with his colourful fish sculpture entry, pictured right, which he hopes captures the youthful vibrancy he sees in his children.
“There’s a real buzz in Dunsborough over the festival weekend, with like-minded people coming together to celebrate both art and music,” he said.
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