Over the River Orwell


HANGING THE GRAHAM WEBBER EXHIBITION FOR TOMORROW'S OPENING

Published: 21 August 2020


We are nearly ready,  a few heights to adjust, some protective cling film to remove and we will be good to go for our latest Graham Webber ROI IEA  exhibition which opens tomorrow!

This exhibition will be exclusively new paintings which Graham has produced over the last year including works produced during the lockdown period which presented challenges for the plein air painter. In this volume of work we have Graham showing his love of the East Anglian landscape as well as other works depicting life in Norfolk and Cornwall.This exhibition will be exclusively new paintings which Graham has produced over the last year including works produced during the lockdown period which presented challenges for the plein air painter. In this volume of work we have Graham showing his love of the East Anglian landscape as well as other works depicting life in Norfolk and Cornwall.

Just before lockdown began Graham was writing a series of articles for The Artist magazine on the practice of developing work from plein air painting, progressing through to larger studio work. Gathering enough information out in the field to work from in the studio is a big part of his process and when lockdown was introduced it gave him an opportunity to develop some of these ideas further in a new body of work focusing on atmosphere and place. He has a strong connection to the landscape, spending a lot of my time in the field sketching and painting. Distilling the subject matter, conveying light and space to create a feeling of atmosphere is his main focus and he works using subtle changes in colour and tone to try to simplify the subject. Working in the studio has allowed him to concentrate on emotion and creativity to recapture his initial experience. The work has a greater emphasis on the feeling and memory of the subject.

This current exhibition includes smaller plein air pieces, some of which have developed into larger work as well as paintings made using reference such as sketches and paintings back in the studio. There are places he has been and long to go again soon as well as atmospheres and communities he recalls with fondness. The paintings trigger emotions and memories for him and we hope that they will do the same for those who view them.