Christine Webb will be returning to Australia to exhibit her latest series, Immersion/Visual Conversation at Art2Muse Gallery. In her signature style of abstract figurative painting, Christine’s vibrant and warm interiors come to life through her playful yet considered use of colour and perspective.
Immersion/Visual Conversation was created in Christine’s Italian studio, located in the medieval village of Citerna which has been her second home for over 15 years. The series is a direct response to her experience of learning a new language through complete immersion in a new country and culture. Her Italian was learned through observation of locals in the nearby piazza, which much like her paintings, is abstract and colourful. Each painting in the series evokes the personality of the lively European village at the magic hour of dusk, where the yellowing warmth of the interiors converses with the brilliant blue of the evening.
“Just as people relate to each other, I am fascinated by the relationships of colour, patterns and shapes that I see. I watch their gestures, work out who is related to whom and listen to the cadences. In painting, I move towards abstraction while retaining the figurative start to the visual conversation.” – Christine Webb.
As well as combining the figurative with the abstract, Christine explores the passage of light and how it falls on her subjects. A semi-abstract patchwork of intense greens and raw umber browns represents the stunning view from her studio window, endless fields that change colour at different times of the day. Clear and coloured Italian oil and grappa bottles that Christine has been collecting over the years, are depicted in her saturated still life compositions where various liquids refract light and distort the external imagery.