Phil Webb

I'm showing two works in this exhibition that were both inspired by different artists in the museum's collection.

My work Charred Room was inspired by Hughie O'Donoghue's Wrestlers II. To begin with I thought Wrestlers II was a dark, abstract painting. I realised that you have to look at it quite closely and over a period of time to see that it shows the awful horrors of war. I liked the idea of something emerging slowly.


Image["Phil Webb - Charred Room"]

Charred Room


The other work I'm showing is Boudica and the Sketch-book artist. This connects more with Picasso. We had looked at Picasso's portrait of Dora Maar and I felt that there was a depth to it- it shows the different sides of a face. It is an emotionally charged portrait and I had a sense that I knew what he was doing. Whenever I paint a face I want to capture a person's life – not just what they look like. With Boudica, I was painting her from my imagination- I don't think anyone knows what she looked like. I've been interested in Boudica for a long time and the idea of painting her came to me after looking at Picasso's work.


Image["Phil Webb - Boudica and the Sketch-book artist"]

Boudica and the Sketch-book artist


Hughie O'Donoghue's Wrestlers II is currently not on *display.
Picasso's portrait of Dora Maar is on *display in Gallery 1.


*Please note that the locations referenced are correct as of 1st December 2008. If you are visiting the Museum to see a specific object please contact us to check that it is on display on the day you plan to visit


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