BIO: Jennifer Webb works full time out of her Port Melbourne studio has been consistently painting Melbourne, portraying various water views around Melbourne city since her nostalgic return from living outside of Australia . Seeing Melbourne through new eyes had renewed her long term endearment to the city as a source of inspiration in her paintings.
Other subjects appear in her series, but throughout the recent years the skylines have dominated. In the most recent direction in this neo-impressionistic series, her chosen theme (Melbourne views) still inspires but the scenes have been stripped back and reinterpreted into their most basic and essential abstract shapes.These studies in implied line, form and colour have very little of the figurative detail of her previous Melbourne paintings, but all of the textures, ambience and mood with hints of recognisable landmarks as subtle yet significant focal points. Her works belong in many international and Australian collections.
ARTIST STATEMENT "Like many artists, I knew at an early age that much of my life’s waking hours would be consumed by a powerful desire to create visual impressions of what I saw and felt. Although I started drawing before walking, and painting in oils by age 11, it wasn’t until after I had satisfied my parents need for my non-art career to be established that I ended up ‘living as an artist’ I found myself living in Brazil and life itself there led me inextricably into the pursuit of artistic endeavours on a 24/7 basis. "
"Throughout my life, my artistic learning process has been through professional mentors in Australia and overseas and through voracious personal theoretical study and practical diligence from a very young age. I was invited to exhibit with a group of adults at age 14 and this gave me a secret yearning and confidence to pursue my artistic path, something I was only able to do much later."
"It took another culture and the ultimate need for visual communication to lead me into an actual career in art. Although the human form and human nature inspire me, mostly I paint around themes of water, the elements, my surroundings (including ocean and cityscapes) and sometimes the themes merge. I started in pastels, oils and watercolours but in Brazil I moved toward acrylic and mixed media due to the ability to use an array of textures and layers. In particular (as I love the spontaneity of watercolour but don’t like to put art behind glass.) I have employed wet in wet techniques and layering of glazes over various textures. This suits my sea paintings and gives me a glass-free alternative to watercolour on paper. " LESS... Jennifer Webb works full time out of her Port Melbourne studio has been consistently painting Melbourne, portraying various water views around Melbourne city since her nostalgic return from living outside of Australia . Seeing Melbourne through new eyes had renewed her long term endearment to the city as a source of inspiration in her paintings.... MORE...