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30" x 40" / 76 x 102 cms


Oil on Canvas


An abundance of irises in their colourful and sculptural glory, dominate this flamboyant landscape. The subject of this landscape is a shift from the other paintings in the Lyrical Series, however, Kenneth includes this as being very much of 'the same mind and mood' as the woodland lakes. In the other paintings in the Lyrical Series the water, reflections and waterlily pads of the lake occupy the entirety of the foreground, here is a reverse, where water forms the vast middle and background, and the flowers form a barrier between the landscape and the viewer. Much the most flamboyant of the Lyrical Series, the showy flowers dance gaily on the edge of the wetland, beyond which weeds and reeds give way to open water. The mood is entirely buoyant: the vista here is open and bright, with calm blue sea reaching out to warm inviting sky. This, smiles Kenneth, captures “the eternal optimism of the artist”. 

  • Kenneth Webb is one of Ireland’s leading painters. Brought up in post-war Britain, from a young age Kenneth was inspired by the Gloucestershire countryside where he grew up. In 1974 Kenneth purchased the Ballinaboy Studio in Connemara on the west coast of Ireland, and this wonderful place has offered a multitude of inspiration to Kenneth for over forty years. Kenneth’s magnificent ethereal landscapes of Connemara, his colourful and textured paintings of poppies and his shimmering visions of his favoured waterlily pool are instantly recognisable for their vibrancy and gestural brushstrokes. So unique and striking are his paintings that over the past decade with our gallery, his work has amassed an international following culminating with the seminal exhibition Kenneth Webb at 90. Despite his 91 years, Kenneth is as prolific as ever and his work continues to explore creative boundaries.

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