Martin Webb

Oakland, CA

"Engrossing images full of color, texture, and mystery."
"My work contemplates fundamental things such as our basic need to provide for ourselves; our desire for home, belonging, and connection; and our being a small temporary part of the natural world’s continuum. These thoughts take shape in images and objects that combine simple representations, layered abstractions, and plain-spoken materials.” - Martin Webb

British artist, Martin Webb (b. 1964), first laid eyes upon the American West when he was awarded a Fulbright teaching exchange that brought him to the San Francisco East Bay in 1999-2000. Martin Webb has also found great success as a highly acclaimed artist with numerous public commissions visible throughout the Bay Area, and beyond. Whilst being primarily a studio painter, his work also encompasses printmaking, murals, reclaimed wood, concrete, ceramic tile, sculpture, and site-specific installations.

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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"My sketchbooks tend to have as much writing in them as drawing. I make lists of ideas, intentions, and visual notes, then the paintings tend to evolve from those with very little planning."
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"I'm trying to make these simple universal symbols say something about our universal human experiences. About our basic need to provide for ourselves; our desire for home, belonging, and connection; and our being a small temporary part of the natural world’s continuum."
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"I love painting alone in my studio, but one of the things I really enjoy about working on big public projects is the instant feedback from the public. It's almost always very positive, but I've had some great conversations with people who don't like or don't get what I'm doing. Sometimes they end up understanding and enjoying the work, and sometimes we just agree to disagree!"
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