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 - Arts and Cultural Industries
  • Telephone:+4411732 84825
  • Email:Richard4.Webb@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

I am Programme Leader of Drawing & Print. I am an artist and educator, one of the few trained at both the Slade and at the Royal College of Art in London. I studied under and alongside many well-known British artists and carry these conversations in my DNA. The idea of ‘the hard-won image’ is intrinsic to my studio practice and teaching philosophy.

I show internationally and have work in collections in the UK, Europe, China, Mauritius, Japan, Australia, 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 overseas, e.g. the British School, Rome; Cité International des Arts, Paris; SACI International, Florence; LARQ, Tasmania; and Tao Hua Tan, China. I have been invited to the Josef and Anni Albers Residency, USA (2020).

I am a painter with 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 drawings, paintings and prints in response to the light/dark contrast found in Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost. This has led to new inter-disciplinary collaborations, e.g. a paper at the British Milton Seminar at the University of Birmingham and lectures for English undergraduates at Baylor Univeristy, Texas.

For me, teaching is a vocation and I am passionate about changing lives by releasing creativity and the imagination. I have been devising workshops on drawing, painting and printmaking for 33 years. I find solutions to the common problems art students face and enable them to become literate in the 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 builds on 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. This way, each student can find 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 they can 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. 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 so that they grow in self-respect; realise their potential; and understand their career options. Many are entrepreneurial and progress into MAs, the creative industries and education. Find out more about my work here.

Area of expertise

Colour
Drawing as a way of thinking
Observational drawing
Relief printing
Using pigment to make paint
The dynamic between drawing, painting and printmaking
Fine art printmaking
Art history
Artists' materials
John Milton's Paradise Lost
Artist books

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