Colin Polwarth

colpol is a Sydney based, Zimbabwean born artist and architect. He has worked in Zimbabwe, South Africa, United Kingdom, China, New Zealand and Australia.

colpol’s practices across multi-media, multi technology platform utilising his strengths in drawing and painting to mesh into the digital work of photography, modelling with computer aided design, graphic design and animation; he works in traditional and contemporary materials.

colpol has been in a number of group art exhibitions, such as Desiree Resnik Group show in 1993, Arc at UNSW 2012 and is looking forward to a future group show at Gaffa, Sydney in June 2016.

The work of the practice slides seamlessly between abstract and realism, making his work ambiguous and familiar at the same time, playing with both representational and abstraction in a thought-provoking manner. His use of colour and scale are daring and bold; however his works also reveal a subtle and sophisticated manipulation of form and content.

colpol is managed by studiocolinpolwarth pl;  Colin Polwarth is best known for his major infrastructure works. He worked for more than a decade as an Associate and Associate Director of CM+ such as Westlink M7, Iron Cove Bridge, Brunswick to Yelgun and Tintenbar to Ewingsdale Upgrade of the Pacific Highway before opening studiocolinpolwarth in 2012; Colin is currently lead urban designer for Pacific Complete, the last 120km between Woolgoolga and Ballina in Northern Rivers Region of NSW. In all of these major infrastructure projects he employs his diverse artistic skills to integrate cultural responses into his work. studiocolinpolwarth is a transdisciplinary practice with art, architecture and urban design integrated into the methodology and research the practice undertakes.

colpol’s art practice displays a curiosity with diversity; this is a result of his comfort with a watercolour brush, pencil, camera and computer, sometimes simultaneously. The diversity which marks his interests is a signature which is instantly recognisable and part of his personality. Have a careful look for the humour in his responses; they have a spiritual connection.

colpol is currently working on a major project which integrates art architecture landscape and semiotics


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Surry Hills, 2010, NSW, Australia

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