Drawing on inspiration from a range of diverse influences such as art history, anthropology, philosophy, psychoanalysis and theology, Richard Kempton Webb explores the subjects of colour, creativity and the imagination. His paintings, drawings and prints are founded in the romantic and metaphysical traditions of the great English landscape paintings of his countrymen. This sensibility finds its Tasmanian inflection through his encounter with the power and strangeness of the island’s west during his residency at Landscape Art Research Queenstown (LARQ) in 2014.
To satisfy his fascination with colour, Webb often makes his paints from scratch. In the remote west he met Rory Wray McCann, a retired metallurgist, who revealed the secret to extracting and refining pigment from western Tasmanian sulphides. The resulting rich palette of subtle, earthy and vibrant yellows was used to manifest the works in this exhibition.