About the Artist
Tom Jean Webb has been depicting a land found in dreams and romantic imagined adventures since childhood. Using that art to take himself to the American Southwest to discover, explore and connect to his new reality.Born in London in 1982, growing up drawing as a transformative experience would go on to become his passion and career. He studied at Kingston University 2004-07 earning a first degree. Since graduating he has exhibited in London, Hong Kong and multiple cities in the USA. Tom is now represented by galleries in Texas and currently continuing his art practice creating paintings and sculptures, using found natural and manufactured objects. Telling stories of his adventure and relationship with the new spaces and objects that fill his journey. “In many ways I genuinely feel like I’m on that same journey I started as a child, that this is all the same path from the same story,”
My work started off as a means of transportation. To depict a place created and imagined with a sense of romance and nostalgia. I then became interested in the idea of starting a dialogue between the imagined and real, to see what this new reality and I could create. To do so I started to take trips to the lands of my work, specifically the American Southwest. It has created an interesting dynamic between the leading and learning forces of being, art leading life or life leading art. Making work inspired by the realness in what I find but also allowing space for the added artistic creation or surreal. I use story telling in my work, I love the idea of a visual language and how this can portray a narrative. I see my individual works as frames of one long continual film. When these frames are laid out together patterns emerge. Objects, colors and shapes all start to inform each other. To develop an idea of art as communication, to allow conversation with the viewerThere’s an ordered dreaminess to my paintings. The solitary figures, lonely landscapes, and palette lend a certain romance, while the thick, black outlines, which surround everything in the images, from stones to mesas to snakes, make the individual elements in the paintings look like pieces in a puzzle. Theres a developed idea of investigating the use of space, specifically how to create room for an unknown or unforeseen in an artwork. To create work that allows someone to find room to breathe, to participate and discover. How negative space can speak through the process of absence, a voice through silence. That in a song it’s the silent moments that make the sounds. I create work to try understand the human condition, relationship to one another and the natural world, through quiet contemplation, solitude and ceremony. Visual poems as told by a journeymen, wandering through land and time in search of meaningful connection and creativity. Playing with making work that speaks of the real, the surreal, fantasy and the found.