A CHANGE IN THE LANDSCAPE by Richard Webb

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Over the last 5 years I have been on a new journey with my art. A journey of transition. I had always painted in the traditional “landscape genre” with sky, trees and land surface, a subject I had immersed myself in for decades. For sometime I had been searching to “breakout “of the landscape.

INSPIRATION:

I had always had a great interest in world indigenous art, its symbols and patterns, and whilst travelling in Mexico, I discovered the Huichol artisans. The colors of their fabric and beadwork were the same as the palette that I was using.

I later studied and researched these mountain people and was inspired to make my own Huichol study painting {Life cycle.} This was the first “breakout” painting and it wasn’t long before I was creating my own imagery and spirit animals. Upon recent reflection the landscape element has not completely disappeared from my work, but has transitioned too new journeys and places.

Born in 1951 in south London UK I grew up near Greenwich park with all its green space and ancient trees, overlooking the decaying and post-industrial “docklands” area, typical dreary post war England. I attended Croydon school of Art and Design in 1967 for one year. I immigrated to Canada in 1976.

At some point in my formative years I recognized I had a heightened visual perception and interpretation, looking at things differently than others. Ever the romantic, I feel a strong inner need to make art, working independently and in kind of self-imposed isolation to become the painter that I have become today. Making art has become an additional purpose to my life, knowing that my spirit; that capture of energy and time, lives on in my canvases after I am gone.

Each new work is a continuation of the last, some of the DNA of the last piece repeats itself, sometimes developed and transformed.

Often developing to a series of paintings. I work in acrylic paint watered down to a stain like quality building up the colors through

Multiple applications until I acquire the temperature and intensity I’m going after. Real or imagined the marks and shapes are a record of the physical movement, the acts of spontaneity, the texture of raw canvas, the accident controlled.

Now retired, I also like to spend my summers at the lake, travel and volunteer.