Approved: 06.02.2015

Matthew Webber

Artist

Approved: 06.02.2015

My paintings are influenced by maps, aerial photography and the landscape around my east London home. They are constructed, layer by layer, over a period of several months.

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    Artist Statement

    My paintings are influenced by maps, aerial photography and the landscape around my east London home. They are constructed, layer by layer, over a period of several months.

    The addition of paint and texture is just part of the process, however, as the final composition is only revealed once I have pared down this built-up surface in order to expose the completed image. This process often involves belt sanders and angle grinders, and sometimes feel more akin to sculpture or carving than to painting, particularly when the canvasses have been particularly densely worked.

    As the layers are stripped away, the anatomical skeleton of the piece begins to emerge, with the networks of lines and strata become increasingly interwoven and intricate as the process continues. The subtlety and delicacy of the final image belies the heavy-duty techniques involved in each painting's production.

    An element of chance plays its part in the success or failure of these objects; long-hidden motifs emerge slowly, and unpredictably, through the excavation of paint. Colours and forms are uncovered, connections and disconnections made, and the final structure is revealed.

    I am particularly interested in landscapes where the natural world meets the built environment, especially in the places where nature begins to reclaim its territory, obscuring evidence of the past through growth or decay.
     

    CV & Education

    Education:
    1991-92, Colchester Institute - Foundation Course in Art and Design
    1992-96, Leeds Metropolitan University - BA Hons degree in Fine Art (2:1)

    Selected Exhibitions:

    June 2019: Creekside Open at APT Gallery. Selected by Sacha Craddock
    May 2018: '[email protected]' group exhibition at APT Gallery, Deptford SE8
    January 2017: ‘Painting & Unpainting II’ solo exhibition at Space Station Gallery, London SE1
    June 2016: Shortlisted artist, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
    June 2016: 'Six' solo exhibition at m2 Gallery, London SE15
    December 2015: 'Canopy' solo exhibition, The View Gallery, London E4
    June 2015: Creekside Open, 2015. Selected by Richard Deacon. Prizewinner.
    September 2014: The National Open Art Competition, Somerset House, London WC2
    March 2014: ‘Painting & Unpainting’ solo exhibition, The Broadgate Tower, London EC2
    April 2013: AAF, NYC with Christopher Walker Art
    January 2013: Miami International Art Fair, Miami, Florida
    November 2012: ‘Aerial’ solo exhibition, Red Bull UK Project Space, SE1
    November 2012: 'Discerning Eye' Group exhibition at The Mall Galleries, SW1
    July 2012: Radcliffe & Newlands Art Prize, exhibition of shortlisted artists, London E1
    April 2012: ‘Somewhere’, group exhibition, Clerkenwell, London EC1
    April 2012: AAF NYC, Christopher Walker Art, New York City, USA
    January 2012: Art Palm Beach, Christopher Walker Art, Palm Beach, USA
    June 2011: Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition 2011, London W1
    November 2008: The National Open Art Competition, Chichester
    March 2007: Group exhibition at Sheridan Russell Gallery, Marylebone W1
    October 2006: Solo exhibition at La Viande Gallery, Shoreditch EC2
    November 2005: NABS Art Show at the Truman Brewery, Brick Lane E1
    November 2005: 'Discerning Eye' Group exhibition at The Mall Galleries, SW1
    November 2004: 'Discerning Eye' Group exhibition at The Mall Galleries, SW1
    October 2002: Solo exhibition of 20 paintings at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge SW1
    September 1999: '4 Painters' group exhibition at the DRU space, Waterloo SE1
    September 1998: 'Crucible' group exhibition: London Art House at Diorama Gallery NW1
    April 1998: Solo exhibition at E1 Gallery, Spitalfields E1