Mr Richard Webb

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  • Qualifications:MA Royal College of Art (Painting). BA (Hons), Fine Art, The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London
  • Position:Programme Leader Drawing & Print
  • Department:ACE - Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Telephone:+4411732 84825
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About me

I will be leaving UWE on 30th Oct. I am Programme Leader of Drawing & Print. I am an artist and educator with the breadth and depth that 34 years of teaching and leadership bring. I was trained at both the Slade and the Royal College of Art in London. I studied under and alongside many well-known British artists and I carry these conversations in my DNA.

I show internationally and have work in collections in the UK, Europe, China, Mauritius, Japan, Australia, the USA and Canada. My most recent shows have been in Texas at the Martin Museum of Art in Emergence, curated by Dr Richard Davey; and at the Sokei Academy, Tokyo in Seer: European Painting & Drawing, curated by John France. I have taught at some of the most respected art colleges in the UK and taken part in many residencies, like The British School, Rome; Cité International des Arts, Paris; SACI International, Florence; LARQ, Tasmania, Australia; and Tao Hua Tan, China. This year, I am exhibiting at the Sunny Art Centre as First Prize Winner. In 2021, I will be taking part in the Paris Contemporary Drawing Fair. I have been invited on the prestigious Josef and Anni Albers Residency, USA in 2022.

I am an artist with painting, drawing and printmaking at the heart of my practice. I make my own paints and inks using pure pigments. I am currently working on a series of imaginative drawings, paintings and linocuts, inspired by Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost. This has led to new inter-disciplinary collaborations with The British Milton Seminar; Baylor University, Texas; and The Milton Society of America (drawing commission for Lycidas, 2021).

For me, teaching is a vocation and I am passionate about changing lives by releasing creativity and the imagination. I have been devising programmes and workshops on drawing, painting and printmaking for 34 years. I find solutions to the common problems art students face and enable artists to become fluent in the six visual languages of tone, line, shape, movement, space and colour. I start with drawing as a way of thinking and then move into paint (colour) and printmaking. This practice of materials builds solid foundations.

I aim to be generous with my knowledge, constantly looking for new ways to communicate and share complex ideas. Deep knowledge of technical skills, materials, the history of art, and the formal aspects of picture-making are central. My aim is that each student finds their own unique voice.

Our studios are a safe space where students take risks and discover what they want to research, make and talk about. The role of the teaching staff is to respect, discuss and question so that students become great composers of their content. Art schools should be at the cutting edge of creative thinking, representing debate and action through exhibitions, lectures, panels, conferences, papers and publications. In January 2020, I organised an international painting symposium at The Arnolfini. I refer to past and present artists (as well as film, history, literature, philosophy, photography, and psychology). My students win awards and get opportunities to exhibit and teach. They talk fluently about their knowledge and transferable skills and they grow in self-respect and understand their career options. Find out more about my work here.

Area of expertise

The dynamic between painting, drawing and printmaking
Drawing as a way of thinking
Observational drawing
Imaginative drawing
Painting as a language
The practice of colour
Synaesthesia and the meaning of colour
Ambitious fine art printmaking
Multiple relief prints
Making paints and inks with pure pigments
Art history, from rock art to contemporary
The practice of artists' materials
Handmade artist books
National and international collaboration
Bridging the attainment gap for students with hidden disabilities
John Milton's Paradise Lost


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