Martin WebbAlbany, CA
In my art I try to look at the big picture by examining the small details, to ask broad questions by making specific observations. I’m asking about people, places, and home; about age, time, and timelessness; about movement, migration, identity and humanity.
Originally from England, I make work that reflects on the experience of travel, man’s interaction with the natural landscape; on stories of migrants and migration, and on society’s underdogs. To this end I have developed a simple vocabulary of abstract forms, patterns, representational symbols and figures.
My studio work has been exhibited in the US and UK, and my commissions include private, corporate and public art projects. I have an aversion to art-stores and prefer to work with construction materials – cement, industrial pigments, reclaimed wood, and found metal objects.
I was trained as a painter and illustrator in England and subsequently taught art there for many years. Following a Fullbright teaching exchange to the Bay Area, I relocated here in 2003 and worked as a designer, technician and artisan with a specialist commercial concrete art company. I currently divide my time between my studio art and site specific projects.
I have exhibited widely in solo and group shows in California and the UK. in addition to private and corporate commissioned paintings, I have produced several substantial public art pieces. Recent public art commissions include mural projects, paving, and artwork embedded in the concrete surfaces of a public park.