They don't give medals to yesterday's heroes
October 16 - November 14, 2009
A degraded sense of beauty haunts these new works by Ben Webb. Lush chrysanthemum images from the 50’s are up-sized and commercially re-printed onto big sheets of etching paper. The enhancement of the slightly battered originals is complete when Webb, with canny control, works a wash of phosphorescent pigments over the top. So beauty in these blooms floats within a poured iridescence. Petals become anemone-like, form more fluid, and the feeling is both gritty and baroque.
Details of individual works
All works are oil, ink, gouache and metallic pigment on etching paper.