Nicole M.L. Sharp, Director
This exhibition is a snapshot of the artist’s life and career, featuring paintings from the 1960s-2000s
New York, NY: Long-Sharp Gallery [Indianapolis | New York] and Gladwell & Patterson [London] celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in New York by presenting a selection of paintings by Kenneth Webb, founder of the Irish School of Landscape Painting. The artist-titled exhibit “Kenneth Webb” opens March 7, 2018 at Long-Sharp Gallery’s New York Project Space, 24 West 57th Street, Suite 606, NYC and runs through April 13, 2018.
Webb’s work is deeply personal and inspired by natural landscapes including his private garden and the rolling green of Connemara, Ireland, the home of his ancestors. His paintings are a technicolor exploration and celebration of the natural world, evidence of his career-long tradition of pushing boundaries with his obsessional experimentation with color.
The late Irish poet James O’Donohue wrote,“Kenneth Webb's work is a homage to the secret life of color. Though his paintings are intense icons, you never have the feeling that form or content are forced or contrived…He says paintings have always come to him. His work does have that tone of lyrical necessity: they had to come. In our post-modern era, where so much of life is reduced and commercialized through visual and aggressive image, it is healing for the eye and refreshing for the heart to encounter these paintings. If beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, then Kenneth Webb is a graced and gracious beholder".
Gladwell & Patterson have delighted in exhibiting Kenneth Webb’s work in London and overseas for the past decade and are pleased to be holding this exhibit at the Long-Sharp Gallery Project Space. Gladwell and Patterson owner Glenn Fuller has said,
“To be at the top of your game for over 70 years and to be striving to improve and succeeding at the age of 90 illustrates the strength of passion that Kenneth has for his art. We are privileged at Gladwell & Patterson to be chosen to provide the platform to showcase this exceptional talent and we are delighted to partner with Long-Sharp Gallery for Kenneth’s first New York exhibit.”
Gladwell & Patterson and Long-Sharp Gallery have exhibited at a few of the same art fairs. It was during Masterpiece London 2016 that the gallery owners began to discuss a partnership to exhibit Kenneth Webb’s works to the United States. Expanding their traditional gallery models and art fair presentations, the galleries here partner to bring Webb’s paintings to New York City.
Long-Sharp was particularly moved by Webb’s paintings of poppies which serve as a symbol of peace. Says Long-Sharp: “When I learned of Kenneth’s life experiences, surviving war up close, and juxtaposed what I learned with his paintings, I knew that if asked, I would one day show his works. Working with a gallery that has the connoisseurship of Gladwell & Patterson is a privilege.”
About Long-Sharp Gallery
Recently named one of the top 500 galleries in the world by Blouin ArtInfo Modern Painters, Long-Sharp Gallery is located in the Conrad Indianapolis luxury hotel. The gallery features works from “Picasso to Pop,” with a primary focus on works by some of the best known names in modern and contemporary art, including: Picasso, Warhol, Basquiat, Haring, Frankenthaler, Indiana, Lichtenstein, Miro, and Motherwell. It also features works by a host of nationally and internationally recognized contemporary artists, including Chris Bracey, Gino Miles, David Spiller, Russell Young, David Datuna, David Kramer, Wayne Warren, Constance Edwards Scopelitis, Mary Pat Wallen, Jason Myers, Dale Enochs, and William John Kennedy.