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KENNETH WEBB | The Copper Beech

KENNETH WEBB | The Copper Beech


36" x 24" / 91 x 61 cms


Oil on Canvas


Ivon Hitchen’s influence has been evident in many of Kenneth’s more abstract works over the decades and is again here, where the subject matter sits closely with others in this exhibition, but the treatment is very different. Webb sees this approach as 'evoking the emotion inherent in the scene over the literal form'. For Webb, painting this was an exciting discovery of shape and pattern, where his use of colour prevails over tone to achieve a stronger, enduring impact.  


Kenneth has admired the work of Ivon Hitchens since the early years of his studies and his influence can be seen throughout his work. The two first met at Hitchens’ 80th birthday party in 1973. A firm friendship was formed and both men would often meet and share their painting experiences, with Kenneth introducing Hitchens to the experimental aspects afforded by the use of acrylic paints. Hitchens and Kenneth shared areas of commonality within their artistic approaches; their paintings were neither entirely abstract nor completely figurative and the immediate landscape of their surroundings was integral to their creativity.  

  • 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.