Painting & Unpainting
The Broadgate Tower
Focus on Matthew Webber
Each month we take a closer look at one of our Broadgate artists; this month is the turn of Matthew Webber, the East London based artist behind the brand new exhibition at The Broadgate Tower. Painting & Unpainting is a collection of abstract works which are available to view on the first floor and second floor lobby until 26 September.
Influenced by maps, aerial photography and the landscape around his East London studio, Matthew Webber creates oil and acrylic based paintings that are constructed, layer by layer, over a period of several months. The artist sees this process as being like a journey or a game, where every turning or move influences what happens next. The addition of paint and texture is just part of the process, however, as the final composition is only revealed once the artist has carefully scraped away and sanded down this built-up surface in order to expose the completed image.
As the layers are stripped away, the anatomical skeleton of the piece begins to emerge. The network of lines and strata become increasingly interwoven and intricate as this process continues, thus affording each work its own history and identity. An element of chance plays its part in the success or failure of these objects; long-hidden motifs emerge slowly, and unpredictably, through the excavation of paint. Colours and forms are revealed, connections and disconnections are made and the final structure is released.
Matthew studied Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University during the 1990s and has been producing work in his East London studio ever since. His paintings have been exhibited throughout the United Kingdom and the United States and are held in private and corporate collections around the world. All pieces on display at the Broadgate Tower are available for purchase. The artist will be on site at various points over the coming weeks to discuss his work. Follow us on Twitter for updates.
Visit Matthew Webber’s website to find out more about his work.
If you do not work in The Broadgate Tower you can still see Matthew’s work at the Private View on Thursday 22 May 2014 from 6-8pm - just request to join the guest list here.