Chris Webb is an abstraction painter, creating a unique expressive and impressionistic view of his world. The abstraction style he uses reflects his visual abilities and concentrates on the tones and depth to a painting.
The choice of palette you see in his monochrome paintings was a moment realised whilst out wandering on a foggy windless day with the sun trying to break through. The conditions that day made everywhere seemed higher in contrast and virtually black and white in tones. It suited his remaining vision immensely and with this revelation he took a major step forward in his artwork. Bringing together his abstraction trowel techniques and the use of a limited palette with thick abstract acrylic paint. He is able to create a sense of depth to his paintings, providing a tactile as well as visual experience for his audience. His abstraction paintings are the result of years of adaption after sight loss and have become more than just a direct representation of a given scene. He likes to express so much more emotion these days in his artwork. He believes that his focus has shifted from the details to the overall impression of a scene. He sometimes paints the subject in monochrome, then he will add just one extra colour. He finds this simplifies the scene and creates a mood that with too much colour would otherwise be dispelled. However, this certainly doesn't define his work as a whole. As he loves to use a full spectrum of colours, but often not as we would expect to see them. For example, seldom are his skies blue. Fauvism has certainly influenced his work over the years, where the use of bold colours and fierce brush strokes or trowel use are clearly identified in his paintings.
This year has been quite a revelation for him, whilst seeking new shores to exhibit his art. His engagement with exhibition themes, has led him to rise to the challenge on a broader range of subjects. With three international exhibitions under his belt this summer and a fourth in the UK to mark his birthplace, his engagement with a wider audience has grown considerably. Forming new relationships with galleries both in the UK and abroad and looking forward to the possibilities of working with them in the future. Thank you for reading about Chris' work and art processes.
2014 'Urban Perspective' at Island City Art in Portsmouth UK.
2015 'Under the Spotlight' at Coastguard Studios in Portsmouth UK.
2016 'Minds are Worlds Apart' at Coastguard Studios in Portsmouth UK.
2016 'Waterfront City' SOLO at Southscene in Portsmouth UK.
2018 'Thresholds' at Gonzo Unit in City of Thessaloniki, Greece.
2018 'Nostalgia' by Art Number 23 at Misc Arts Center in City of Timisoara, Romania.
2018 'Bath Life' Summer Exhibition at British Art Salon in City of Bath, Somerset UK.
2018 'Nostalgia' by Art Number 23 at Municipal Gallery of Piraeus in City of Athens, Greece.
2018 '(In)visible' by Atramental at Espacio Gallery in City of London UK.