Artist’s Statement

 

Colin Webb

 

 

 

 

I am a relative new comer to art having been painting and drawing only since 1999. Prior to that my main interest was in model railways and one day having the need to learn how to paint backdrop scenery, picked up a brush. The model trains have since been relegated to second place. I was born in Sydney and after a 36 year career in the finance industry, in 2001 commenced full time university studies at UWS Bankstown

(I am grateful to my ex employer and my ex wife who both made me redundant at that time and freed me to pursue my art.)

 

I graduated with Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) in 2004 and after a short period back in the work force came to the conclusion that life is far too short to waste with work. I am now a resident of Gwandalan on the Central Coast of NSW about one and a half hours drive north of Sydney where I spend my time painting, fishing, building model trains, walking and generally enjoying the better things in life.

 

My art is concerned primarily with the landscape and objects within the landscape although I have on occasions branched out to still life and portraiture and the occasional abstract. I started out in acrylics and after a year or so tried oils, which are now my preferred medium. I also enjoy using soft pastels and watercolour.

 

My works are usually of a realistic nature painted either on site or from photos and sketches made on site. I have completed many paintings based on the North Coast of NSW, one of my favourite places, as well as inland NSW and Central Australia. I undertook a brief European tour in 2000 and the resulting numerous photos and sketches continue to be an inspiration. More recent trips to Lord Howe Island as well as local Central Coast scenes also provide inspiration for my more recent work.

 

My works are held in many private collections within Australia, as well as New Zealand and Hong Kong, and also in the collection of the University of Western Sydney Bankstown.

 

 

 

Awards and prizes:

 

                                    Awarded August 2003. University of Western Sydney, Chroma Australia Prize – Oil Category 2002.

 

                                    Awarded December 2003 University of Western Sydney Bankstown Campus Provost Art Award for painting ‘An old meeting of the ways’.

 

                                    Feburary 2004 University of Western Sydney College of Arts, Education, and Social Sciences Dean’s Merit List for 2003

                                   

April 2004 awarded Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) from the University of Western Sydney Bankstown.

 

 

 

Exhibitions:             2006, Dec – Joint exhibition with Joan Keep at Aberdoon House, Rouse Hill

 

2006, July – Solo exhibition at Aberdoon House, Rouse Hill

 

2005, Oct-Nov - Solo exhibition at Aberdoon House, Rouse Hill

 

2005, February Solo exhibition at Aberdoon House, Rouse Hill

 

2005, August Four paintings accepted for hanging at St Gregory's College, Campbelltown, Arts and Crafts Exhibition

 

2004, 28/6-1/7 Solo exhibition at Aberdoon House, Rouse Hill

 

2004, Jan – May. A selection of works was on display at The Total Look Salon, Unit 1, 2 Stamford Avenue, Ermington

 

2004, August Four paintings accepted for hanging at St Gregory's College, Campbelltown, Arts and Crafts Exhibition

 

                                    2003 UWS Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) Graduation Exhibition.

 

2003 Three paintings accepted for hanging at St Gregory’s College, Campbelltown, Arts and Craft Exhibition

                                   

2002 Three paintings accepted for hanging at Liverpool Arts Festival, Casula Powerhouse Art Centre.

 

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