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  • Tango in Pink

    £8,950.00Price

    Tango in Pink by Kenneth Webb

    Oil on Canvas, 20" x 16" / 51cms x 41cms

     

    Yellow irises grow prolifically in the wild, so vast blocks of sunshine seem to glow over the dark peat bog. For an artist obsessed with colour, they are irresistible. Not only in gold, but shades of purple or the stunning tiger iris, all drip with fragile intensity. As with poppies, Webb admires the iris equally for its individual detail and dynamic form as for the dramatic impression en masse.

    A large head of colour on a slender stalk, the iris moves in exaggerated dance with the wind. Composed almost entirely of elaborate curves, their movements are at once unpredictable and yet, in multitudes, they achieve a harmony that suggests a complex choreography. Moreover, unlike so many of the wildflowers, the irises are clothed in dramatic costumes, so they are the dancing divas of the wildflower world.

     

    Belying their apparent fragility, the iris has the strength and resistance to defy the salt- ridden Atlantic gales, bringing light and colour into the darkness. Webb has encouraged their growth in his own west of Ireland garden, in great variety, and many of his individual studies are taken from these.

     

    Unlike the spontaneous and immediate generation of most of Webb’s landscapes, his flower studies commence in more academic fashion. These are usually preceded with detailed and accurate drawings, a range of pencil or charcoal studies made directly in the field, before working the right balance of flowers to achieve the ’ensemble’ of colour and form, sometimes silhouetted for emphasis.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    KENNETH WEBB

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