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They don't give medals to yesterday's heroes

October 16 - November 14, 2009

Ben Webb


Study 4 VII 09


A degraded sense of beauty haunts these new works by Ben Webb. Lush chrysanthemum images from the 50s 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.

Study NZ XI   
Study 08   
Study 30 VII 09


Details of individual works

Study 4 VIII 09 (diptych)     
1020 x 1450mm                    
Study NZ XI
1010 x 730mm
Study 08
960 x 670mm 
Study 30 VII 09               
1010 x 730mm    


Additional works

1. Study I X 09               
980 x 770mm framed            
2. Study 20 VII 09
1220 x 900mm framed

3. Study 08 960 x 720mm

4. Study 1 VI 09
1010 x 700mm


All works are oil, ink, gouache and metallic pigment on etching paper.