15th May - 26th June
Influenced by maps, aerial photography and the landscape around his East London studio, Matthew Webber creates oil- and acrylic- based paintings that 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 the artist has carefully scraped away and sanded down this built-up surface in order to expose the completed image.
As the layers are stripped away, the anatomical skeleton of the piece begins to emerge. The network of lines and strata become increasingly interwoven and intricate as this process continues, thus affording each work its own history and identity.
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 revealed, connections and disconnections made, and the final structure is released.
Matthew completed a degree in Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University in 1996. His paintings have been exhibited throughout the UK and the United States, and are held in private and corporate collections around the world.
Work can be seen at http://www.matthewwebber.com