Born, 1973 Joanne Webb studied Fine Art at Brighton University where she was tutored by Andrzej Jackowski. In 1998 she was accepted by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, where she trained with Norman Ackroyd, Lawrence Jenkins, Norman Adams, Jennifer Durrant, Burt Irwin, Maurice Cockrill and Sonia Lawson amongst others. Winning the Landseer Travel grant on graduation, She then travelled to Montana, USA, for 13 months and lived and worked with the Lakota Sioux on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and as a Professor of Art at Rocky Mountain College.
Deeply inspired by the work of surrealist women such as Leonora Carrington and Frida Khalo her work invites you to interpret your own metaphorical narrative. The emphasis is on a celestial space, which at first glance seems to elude this earthly plane and time. A closer look however, determines that they are inherently grounded in a strange kind of human humility and entwined. Her garden, the West Sussex landscape, a winter tree filled with birds is as much an inspiration as Vega in the night sky.
Every work is an effort to transcribe ‘the interconnectedness’ of it all.
The world painted by Webb is unobtainable and invisible yet exists along with all the uncomfortable and wondrous feelings, which seep out onto the painterly surface. The creative process is instinctual and the eclectic imagery we see constructed before us weaves a painterly fantastical universe, which is a vibrant personal narrative and dreamlike dialogue, a transformative process for the artist and the audience.
Webb is without a doubt a lucid colorist using layers of Magenta, Kings Blue Deep and Brilliant Pink to reveal layers of gold leaf on Italian gesso panels. Joanne lives and works from her art studio based in Chichester, West Sussex.