Chris Webb is a very talented Sculptor and has been in the Art world for over 30 year, whether it be teaching or being a student.
Chris was originally a blacksmith, before he found his true passion working with stone and bronze. Living in Taunton, he personally chooses his material and collects it from the quarry at nearby Portland Bill in Dorset. Choosing the youngest stone of 60 Million years old, Webb deliberately chose this stone for its imperfections. Flecks of fossils and shells can be found in his sculptures.
Most of Webb’s sculptures have their beginnings in drawings, the drawing process is quick with strong lines drawn fast. Chris’s sculptures are progressive, so as one piece is finished, new forms are explored and developed. As a direct carver, he works quickly in the early stages of a work to remove waste stone, slowing down as the form reveals itself.
Influenced by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, Webb Works from his drawings and is very much influenced by the human form. He works in a range of styles including contemporary, abstract and figurative. In Chris’s own words, “I don’t theorise or debate the meaning of my sculptures, they are simply about me trying to make beautiful pieces which make me smile.”
The finished sculptures are usually polished and as the chisel marks disappear in the final hand sanding, the sculptures seem to lose their hardness and become soft to touch. This creates a tactile finish with which Chris has become synonymous.
Webb’s work in bronze and stone has featured in numerous public gardens and exhibitions across the UK, including the Chelsea Flower Show, Priorswood Gardens, Somerset Square and Hampton Court Palace.
Chris is always happy to undertake commissions, including sculptures in stone, garden and water features, and ceramics. For more information, please email [email protected]