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The Summers of Yesterday; James Willebrant

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  • Marielle
  • 15/11/2018

Good art has the power to make you feel something. It can transform how you’re feeling, change your thinking, and sometimes it can even transport you to another world. Artworks by the Australian artist, James Willebrant, do just that. On even the gloomiest of days, Willebrant’s original paintings & prints can teleport you to the carefree joy of youth, summer & simpler things.


James Willebrant
Proud of Our Two Man Board
Acrylic on Canvas 105x73cm
AUD $9900


A unique blend of surrealism and pop-art melds together to create a distinctive style that so perfectly encapsulates the nostalgia of Australian summers. By “treading the fine line between romantic sentiment & ‘fine art'”, Willebrant has the ability to create paintings that radiate the warmth of a summer day that feels vaguely familiar. Part of the familiarity comes from his inclusion of the ordinary and mundane portrayed in an extraordinary way. Vivid colors and a distinctive cartoon-like style merge to create a surreal world of endless sun and surf. 


James Willebrant
For One Who Stares at Pavillions 2010
Acrylic on Canvas 94x176cm


He draws most of his inspiration for his pieces from “the Eastern Seaboard and it’s iconic architectural beauty”. In Willebrant’s piece For One Who Stares at Pavillions, his love of “Art Deco Bathing Pavilions, Surf Clubs & Ocean Baths” is clear. The prefect symmetry within the composition of the original acrylic painting is a common & distinctive feature of much of Willebrant’s works. So too is the clear simplicity of his surreal landscapes. Each detail, stripe and shadow is meticulously placed throughout to create a perfect iteration of the memory of summers of yesterday. 


James Willebrant
“Surf Totems”
Limited Edition Lithograph 112/200 (58x79cm)

Willebrant tries to “… make something beautiful out of something ordinary” and here at KAB Gallery we believe he has succeeded. Through his unique point of view, James Willebrant translates a love of the beautiful & iconic Australian summer into pieces that forever exude a sense of happiness and joy. 

About the author


Marielle is undertaking tertiary education in fine art & design. She is both an artist and designer which makes her the perfect person to seek detailed knowledge on all mediums. Her formal training in art and spatial design allows her to help clients curate collections of art that are interesting and unique.

“The right piece of artwork can not only make a space look great but feel great! Artworks are an important emotive piece that can transform the mood of any room.”

Marielle is available part-time to help you transform your interior with art!