W.H. Webb

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Biography

Born and raised in England, W.H. Webb attended the University of Manchester and studied as an art teacher.  A career in education followed with the artist immigrating to Canada where he became involved in Educational Administration.  Further education followed at the University of Lethbridge and the University of Alberta.

In 1984 Webb commenced his career as a professional artist leading to becoming a full time artist in 1990.  

Since 1984 Webb has held many solo exhibitions in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Regina & Saskatoon and has participated in group shows in Vancouver, Victoria, the United States & the United Kingdom.

The artist is represented by Wallace Galleries Ltd, Calgary, West End Gallery, Edmonton, Hollander York Gallery, Toronto and the Barbican Gallery in the United Kingdom.

Works by W.H. Webb appear in numerous public and private collections including the State Collection of Canada, and the artist has been featured in various magazines, newspapers and television.

Education

1977 - l978 - University of Alberta, Educational Administration M. Ed. Program
1971 - l976 - University of Lethbridge, Art Major, B.Ed. Program
1960 - l963 - University of Manchester, Art Major, Teacher's Certificate Program (Art)

Solo Exhibitions

1986  West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
1988  West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
1989  West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
1992  Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB.
1993  Hollander York Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1995  West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
1996  Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB.
1997  Hollander York Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1997  "Alberta Landscapes" West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
1998  "Prairie Treasures", Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK.
1999  Assiniboia Bessborough Gallery, Saskatoon, SK.
1999  West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
2000  Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB.
2000  West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
2001  Willock and Sax Gallery, Waterton, AB.
2001  Hollander York Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004  New Works, West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
2006  West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
2007  Hollander York Gallery, Toronto, ON
2007  West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
2009  Alberta Drama, West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
2010  West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
2011  West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
2012   A Brush with Alberta, Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB.
2013  West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
2014  A Passion for the Peaks, Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB.
2014  A Passion for the Prairies, Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB.
2015  West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
2016  "Thirtieth Year Celebration", West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB

Group Exhibitions

1987  Art For All, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
1988  Art Rental and Sales Gallery, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
1989  Art For All, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
1989  Art Rental and Sales Gallery, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
1990  Celebration Fifteen, West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
1991  Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Auction, Calgary, AB.
1991  Christmas Exhibition, West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
1992  Art In Bloom, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
1992  Group Exhibition, Hollander York Gallery, Toronto, Ont.
1996  Group Exhibition, Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB.
1998  Webb and Toney, West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
1999  25th Anniversary, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB.
2000  Millennium Exhibition, Our Prairie, Our Land, W.H. Webb and Peter Shostak, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB.
2000  25th Anniversary, West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
2002  Delta Bessborough Gallery, Saskatoon, SK.
2002  W.H. Webb and Don Toney, West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
2005  Centennial Exhibition, West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
2009  Winter Collection, West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB.
2010  Homecoming, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, MB.

Select Collections

Airspray Ltd.
G.M.C.
Alberta Foundation for the Arts 
Edmonton Telephones
Alberta Government Telephones
Encore Inc.
Alberta Medical Association
Home Oil Company
Amoco Canada
Interprovincial Pipe Line
Barry Johns Architects Ltd.
Jennings Capital Inc.             
Lacey International
Bennett Jones Verchere       
Lancaster Financial Group
Blue Cross
Locherbie and Hole
Canadian Utilities Ltd.
Medicentres
Century Sales
Morrison Petroleum
Churchill Corporation
Munro Engineering 
Chevron Canada Resources
New Cache Petroleum Ltd.
City of Edmonton
North West Trust
Code Hunter
Petro Audit Consultants Inc.
Cook – Snowdon
Superior Energy
Coopers and Lybrand
ScotiaMcleod Inc.
Yale Properties
Woodman Associates

Personal Experience

1990 - Present - Full time professional artist
1985 - 1990 - Superintendent of Schools, Wainwright School Division, Wainwright
1977 - 1985 - Superintendent of Schools, County of St. Paul, St. Paul, AB.
1976 - 1977 - Deputy Superintendent of Schools, County of St. Paul, St. Paul, AB.
1973 - 1976 - Principal, Grande Cashe Elementary School, Grande Cache, AB.
1970 - 1973 - Principal, Castor Elementary School, Castor, AB.
1969 - 1970 - Teacher, Castor Elementary School, Castor, AB.
1968 - 1969 - Teacher, Peter Pond School, Fort McMurray, AB.
1964 - 1968 - Teacher, Newton-le-Willows Junior School, Newton-le-Willows, Eng.
1963 - 1964 - Teacher, Hope Street School, Birmingham, Eng.

Artist's Statement

Viewers in front of my paintings most often remark that the first thing to strike them is the emotional impact of the painting.  These responses seem to vary from emotional highs, déjà vu to “it looks like a photo”, but regardless the emotion appears to be most powerful, from what I am told.  The second response is to the light in my paintings, and, of course, my paintings are all about emotion and light.  If the viewer feels the emotion I felt when painting the piece, then we have clicked.  An art dealer once said “I can pick out one of your paintings from the other side of the building” which is a nice confirmation for me that I am developing a recognizable style.  What is not often known is that my style is a mixture of an etching type technique married to a water colour manner.

My genre has been trumpeted as Hyper Realist or Photorealist but I would prefer to think of my paintings as Painterly Realist.  Upon viewing my pieces in close up will reveal cursory dots, dashes and flicks of paint along with washes galore.  This is a far cry from the more hard edge painting of the photorealist.  

I see my paintings as following all the cannons of representational paintings.  The rules were knocked into me at university.  However, I was more that a willing sponge as I idolized my profs and I hope I follow these instinctively now.  I have been blessed with a 26 year career in the world of art and I hope I can give back just as much in the next 26 years!

Artist

W.H. Webb

Born: 1940, England
Price range: 2100-$6000