W a r w i c k W e b b
As an exponent of realism, my objective with regard to my marine subjects is to portray the strength, beauty, grace and character of contemporary and historic ships within a sympathetic environment that also embodies mood and an element of storytelling.
While my primary interest lies in the creation of marine works, I am also inspired to periodically visit the stark, emotive beauty and complexities embodied in the country’s vast landscape, be it a pristine beach, a mysterious gorge, a dramatic waterfall or some element of our fast vanishing rural architecture. Here, my objectives are to analyse and capture the structure and mood befitting the subject utilising a relatively limited palette of transparent watercolour. Irrespective of my chosen painting subject for me the real joys of art are conceiving ideas, developing concepts, bringing them to fruition and “enjoying” all of the challenges along the way.
Warwick Webb grew up in the Sydney harbourside suburb of Mosman where his early work was influenced by his father, a skilled pen and ink artist, as well as the formidable marine artists, John Allcott and Jack Spurling. Upon leaving school, he pursued an administrative career with the Valuer General’s Department while also undertaking part-time art studies at the National Art School and Newcastle Technical College. His appointment as a regional manager at Grafton, Wollongong and Newcastle provided a comprehensive knowledge of the New South Wales coastline, its ports and hinterland, deepening his mastery of New South Wales maritime history. These maritime affinities are reflected in his choice of subjects.
Among Webb’s numerous awards are the 1988 Milton Watercolour Prize, the Kiama Watercolour Prize, 1988, 1989, the 1988 Kiama Bicentenary Prize and the 1993 Newcastle Mattara Watercolour Prize.
He is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas, largely with commissioned marine works, including the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Defence Industries, Wallenus-Wilhelmsen Lines, Toohey’s Ltd., Carrington slipways and Damen Shipyards.
A member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1984, Warwick Webb is a Foundation member and Fellow of the Australian Society of Marine Artists, Past President and Patron of the Central Coast Watercolour Society and a member of the Newcastle Society of Artists.
He currently lives and works in Lake Macquarie, New South Wales.