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2022: Benjamin Rhodes Arts, London
2021: Sunny Art Centre, London (first prize winner solo show)
2015: Landscape is a Conversation, LARQ Gallery, Queenstown, Tasmania, Australia
2014: Still Life with Blackbirds, Corinium Museum, Cirencester
2014: Thoughts in Search of a Thinker, LARQ Gallery, Queenstown, Tasmania, Australia
2014: New Work, Celia Lendis Contemporary, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire
2011: Orangeness, Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby
2005: A Colour Grammar, Slade Gallery, London
2000: The Colour of God, North Light Gallery, Huddersfield
1999: SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy
1998: Twelve Jewels, Kirkjulakjarkot, Iceland
1994: Benjamin Rhodes Gallery, London
1992: Benjamin Rhodes Gallery, London
1989: Benjamin Rhodes Gallery, London
1987: Benjamin Rhodes Gallery, London

2022: Inaugural Exhibitions, I & II at Benjamin Rhodes Arts, London
2020: London Sunny Art Prize, Sunny Art Centre, London
2020: Signal, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, a collaboration of staff & students from the Slade, Sokei, LUCA, and UWE
2019: Seer: European Painting and Drawing, Galleria Punto, Sokei Academy of Fine Art & Design, Tokyo, Japan
2019: Emergence: Art and the Incarnation of Space, the Martin Museum of Art, Baylor, Texas, USA
2018: Tao Hua Tan Painters, Hefei Modern Art, China
2017: Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Blue? Kunstzaal, Onderder Toren, Hasselt, Belgium
2017: Go the Distance, Kooi Space, PXL-MAD, Hasselt, Belgium
2017: Nine Painters, curated by Dr Richard Davey, Syson Gallery, Nottingham
2016: John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
2015: Cotswold Open Studios Group Show, Wetpaint Gallery, Cirencester
2015: Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennial, touring Japan
2014: The LARQ Effect, Gallery Ten, Hobart, Tasmania
2013: Annual Open, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2013: The Language of Paint, two-person show with Iain Andrews, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield School
2013: Guanlan International Print Biennial, China
2012: Winter show, Celia Lendis Contemporary, Moreton-in-Marsh
2012: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2012: BITE: Artists Making Prints, Mall Galleries
2012: The Open West, Gloucester Cathedral
2011: Winter Show, Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby
2011: Royal West of England Autumn Show, Bristol
2011: Insights – British Art Today, Museum Oberműnster, Ratisbon, Regensburg
2011: The Nature of Landscape III, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
2010: The Origin of Colour: Fabric of the Land, Geology and Petroleum Department, University of Aberdeen
2010: The Nature of Landscape II, Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby
2009: The Nature of Landscape I, East Loust Gallery, Grimsby
2009: The Nature of Landscape I, Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby
2009: IMPACT 6: International Multi-disciplinary printmaking conference, Bristol
2009: Drawing and Printmaking, Chapel Row Gallery, Bath
2008: Figuring Light: Colour and the Intangible, Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham. Premiere of Redness, composed by Alexandra Harwood and performed by Onyx Brass Quintet
2007: Wall of Statements, Istanbul, Enschede, Bristol, Braumschweig, Wroclaw, Aberdeen, Munster, Strasbourgh, Cork
2006: Looking Back – Looking Forward, Six Chapel Row, Bath
2004: Hybrid, Artspace, Imperial College, London
2004: Colloquy, University of Loughborough
2003: Heartworks, Six Chapel Row, Bath
2002: Music, Sherborne House, Dorset
2001: Six Abstract Painters, Six Chapel Row, Bath
2000: Stations – the New Sacred Art, Bury St Edmunds
1999: Grove Contemporary Arts, Shrewsbury
1999: The Light of the World, Edinburgh City Art Gallery
1999: Six Chapel Row, Bath
1999: History Makers, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast
1999: Leith School of Art, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
1997: Reg Vardy Gallery, Sunderland
1996: Raising the Spirits, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield School
1994: Beardsmore Gallery, London
1993: Benjamin Rhodes Gallery, London
1992: Art Parcels to Jeffrey Archer – Thirty Artists, Frost and Reed, London
1992: Collector’s Choice: Seven Artists, Bristol City Art Gallery
1991: Images of Christ, Albemarle Gallery, London
1991: Modern Painters, Manchester City Art Gallery
1990: New Icons, Warwick, Exeter and Lincoln
1990: A Tribute to Peter Fuller, Beaux Arts, Bath
1990: Works on Paper, Benjamin Rhodes, London
1989: Guardian Gallery, Bristol
1988: Humberside Printmaking Open
1987: Benjamin Rhodes Gallery, London

Recent publications, papers & lectures by Richard Kenton Webb

Lycidas, commission for the Milton Society of America, to coincide with Dublin conference, April 2021, including two papers and an accompanying publication with 11 commissioned drawings.
Webb, R. (2021) Intersemiotic Milton, A Contemporary Artist’s Response to the Synergies of Drawing and Painting in Paradise Lost. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Webb, R. (2021) A Contemporary Artist’s Response to the Synergies of Drawing and Painting in Paradise Lost. Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Dublin
Webb, R. (2019) Light / Dark Contrast: Contemporary Drawings Inspired by Paradise Lost. The British Milton Seminar, Birmingham University
Lectures and workshops on colour, drawing and John Milton (2019) Baylor University, Texas, USA
Reardon, J. and Webb, R. (2016) Still Life with Blackbirds, Artists’ Choice Editions, ISBN 978-0-995570-0-0
Artspeak / Artwork Project (2016) collaboration of lectures, workshops, and symposium with artist Jeremy Gardiner, Cleethorpes
Reardon, J. and Webb, R. (2016) Still Life with Blackbirds, Collaboration: Art and Fiction, National Association of Writers in Education, Annual Conference, Stratford Manor
The Colour Lectures (2015) Summer School, Slade School of Fine Art
Ten-Day Festival, Tasmania (2015) led three artist panels at Launcerton, Bernie and Hobart
Webb, R. and Reardon, J. (2015) Still Life with Blackbirds, Oxford: Artists’ Choice Editions
Webb, R., (2015) Drawing as a Way of Thinking, Richard Kenton Webb: The Landscape as Discourse Queenstown: Landscape Art Research: pp.10-31
Keynote lecture (2014) School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania, Hobart
Webb, R., (2011) Lost in Translation, the Nature of Pigmented Colour, Colour: Design and Creativity, London: Society of Dyers and Colourists
Webb, R., (2011) Experiencing Colour as Paint – towards a grammar of colour, New Perspectives on the Humanities, Kaleidoscope Colour Conference, Warwick: University of Warwick
Webb, R., (2010) The Nature of Seeing, The Nature of Landscape: Visions and Distillations of Landscape and Place, Grimsby: Art Abbey Publications: pp.87-97
Webb, R., (2010) The Nature of the Game being Played, The Nature of Landscape: Visions and Distillations of Landscape and Place, Grimsby: Art Abbey Publications: pp.63-73
Webb, R., (2009) The Boundary in Drawing, Marking Space, Swansea: Swansea Metropolitan University: pp.54-57

Recent publications about Richard Kenton Webb

Wagner, R., (2020) An edifice too large for him to fill, Church Times: p.18
Reardon, J., (2020) Ekphrasis in Still Life with Black Birds: Finding a new space – art and prose in collaboration, National Association of Writers in Education: pp.40-52
Davey, R., (2019) ‘Richard Kenton Webb’, Emergence: Art and the Incarnation of Space, Waco: Martin Museum of Art: pp.64-67
Davey, R., (2016) ‘Richard Kenton Webb’, John Moores Painting Prize, Liverpool: Walker Art Gallery: pp.136-137
Richard Kenton Webb: The Landscape as Discourse (2015), Queenstown: Landscape Art Research
Arnold, R., (2015) Facts becoming Art through…, The Landscape as Discourse, Queenstown: LARQ: pp.2-3
Davis, J., (2015) A Beautiful Process… The Bion Factor, The Landscape as Discourse, Queenstown: LARQ: pp.4-8
Wray McCann, R., (2015) The Colour of Wind, The Landscape as Discourse, Queenstown: LARQ: pp.32-35
Lendis, C., (2014) The Pure Vision of Richard Kenton Webb, Colour Forms, Moreton-in-Marsh: Celia Lendis Galleries, pp.2-3
Bizony, P., (2014) Landscapes of the Imagination, Colour Forms, Moreton-in-Marsh: Celia Lendis Galleries, pp.8-9
Davey, R., (2014) Between Creation and Dissolution, Colour Forms, Moreton-in-Marsh: Celia Lendis Galleries, p12
Reardon, J., (2014) Listen, Colour Forms, Moreton-in-Marsh: Celia Lendis Galleries, p15
Power, D., (2010) The Sound of Colour, The Nature of Landscape, Grimsby: Abbey Walk Gallery, pp.77-83
Davey, R., (2010) Figuring Light: Colour and the Intangible, Colour Conversations, Nottingham: Djanogly Art Gallery, pp.40-49
Mayfield, S., (2007) Exploring Prayer, Oxford: Lion, p121
Fuller, P., (1993) edited and with an introduction by John McDonald, Peter Fuller’s Modern Painters, Reflections on Modern Art, London: Methuen, p33

Film and audio-visual about Richard Kenton Webb

Parkinson, A., ‘Nine Painters, Syson Gallery, Nottingham’, [web blog], 26 April 2017
Webb, R., ‘Drawing as a Way of Thinking’, [podcast], 27 October 2016
Webb, R., ‘The Artist’s Vlog: Richard Kenton Webb’, [26 podcasts], 2014-15, YouTube
‘Richard Kenton Webb Colour Forms’ [online video], 2013, dir. Christian Barnett, YouTube

Education

1983-86: MA (Painting), Royal College of Art, London
1978-82: BA Hons (Fine Art), Slade School of Fine Art, UCL
1977-78: Foundation, Chelsea School of Art, London

I studied under and alongside many well-known British artists and teachers: Ron Bowen, Sir William Coldstream, Graham Crowley, Jennifer Durrant, Stephen Farthing, Peter de Francia, John Golding, Sir Lawrence Gowing, Timothy Hyman, Andrzej Jackowski, Tess Jaray, Ken Kiff, Christopher le Brun, Paula Rego, Patrick Symons, and Euan Uglow. I carry these conversations in my DNA. The idea of ‘the hard-won image’ from the Slade is intrinsic to my studio practice and teaching philosophy. I value the narrative tradition of the Slade, weaving back to Paul Nash, Stanley Spencer, Samuel Palmer, and William Blake. I am one of the few British artists trained at both the Slade and the Royal College of Art. This is where I come from.

Playlist

Below you will find some of the music I love to listen to when I work.

Booklist

My research base covers art history, anthropology, neurology, philosophy, psychology, psychoanalysis, history, literature and theology to explore colour (paint), materials, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, creativity and the imagination.

These are some of the books I have used over the last ten years:

D.M. Winnicott, Playing and Reality, Routledge, 1982
D.M. Winnicott, Deprivation and Delinquency, Routledge, 1984
D.M. Winnicott, Psycho-Analytic Explorations, Karnac, 1989
Marion Milner, On not being able to Paint, J.P. Tarcher, 1957
Marion Milner, The Suppressed Madness of Sane Men, Tavistock, 1987
Wilfred R. Bion, Second Thoughts, Karnac, 1984
Wilfred R. Bion, Transformations, Karnac, 1984
Wilfred R. Bion, Attention and Interpretation, Karnac, 1984
Wilfred R. Bion, Elements of Psychoanalysis, Karnac, 1984
Wilfred R. Bion, Taming Wild Thoughts, Karnac, 1997
Wilfred R. Bion, Four Discussions with W.R. Bion, Clunie Press, 1978
Wilfred R. Bion, Cogitations, Karnac, 1992
Lionel Bailly, Lacan: A Beginner’s Guide, One World Productions, 2009
Jacques Lacan, Ecrits: The First Complete Edition in English, WW Norton and Company, 1997
Sean Homer, Jacques Lacan, Routledge, 2004
Bradley R., Rock Art and the Prehistory of Atlantic Europe: Signing the Land, Routledge, London, 1997
Brennan M., The Stones of Time: Calendars, Sundials and Stone Chambers of Ancient Ireland, Inner Traditions, Bear and Co, New York, 1994


Causey, A., (2000) Paul Nash – Writings on Art, Oxford: OUP
Nash, P., (1949) Outline, London: Faber and Faber
Harrison, J., (2001) Synaesthesia: The Strangest Thing, Oxford: OUP
Sacks, O., (2011) An Anthropologist on Mars, New York: Alfred A Knopf Inc (NB: The Case of the Colour-Blind Painter)


Margaret Donaldson, Children’s Minds, Fontana Press, 1987
Harry Daniels, An Introduction to Vygotsky, Routledge, 1996
Mary Rockman and James Steele, Colonization of the Unfamiliar Landscapes, Routledge 2003
G. P. Baker and P. M. S. Hacker, Language, Sense and Nonsense, Blackwell, 1994
Jeff Collins and Bill Mayblin, Introducing Derrida, Totem, 1998
Fergus Kerr, Theology after Wittgenstein, SPCK, 1997
David Pears, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Den??, 1970
Norman Malcolm, Ludwig Wittgenstein, A Memoir, OUP, 2001
Marie McGinn, Wittgenstein and the Philosophical Investigations, Routledge, 1997
Wittgenstein, Lectures and Conversations on Aesthetics: Psychology and Religious Belief, Blackwell, 1983
Wittgenstein, The Blue and Brown Books, Blackwell, 1969
Wittgenstein, Remarks on Colour, Blackwell, 1951
Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, Translated by G. E. M. Anscombe, Blackwell, 2001
Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico Philoscopturus, Translated by D. F. Pears and B. F. McGuiness, Routledge, 2000
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value, Translated by Peter Winch, Blackwell, 1980
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Grammar, Translated by Anthony Kenny, Blackwell, 1974
Rush Rhees, Discussions on Wittgenstein, Thoemmes, 1996
Hans-Johann Glock, Wittgenstein. A Critical Reader, Blackwell, 2001
Jack Goody, The Interface between the Written and the Oral, 1997
Jean Piaget, Language and Thought of the Child, Routledge, 1960
Jean Piaget and Barbel Inhelder, The Psychology of the Child, Routledge, 1973
Denis H. Stott, Helping Children with Learning Difficulties, Ward Lock Educational, 1978


Charles Williams, The English Poems of John Milton, OUP, 1940 and 1960
Gordon Campbell and Thomas N. Corus, The Life, Work and Thought of John Milton, OUP, 2008
Denis Saurat, Milton, Man and Thinker, Dent, 1944
C. S. Lewis, A Preface to Paradise Lost, OUP, 1942
A. J. A. Waldock, Paradise Lost and its Critics, Cambridge, 1966
Thomas. N. Corns, Regaining Paradise Lost, Longman, 1994
P. L. Broadbent, Some Graver Subject, an Essay on Paradise Lost, Chatto & Windus, 1960
Lewalski, Paradise Lost and the Rhetoric of Literary Forms, Princeton, 1985
Lewalski, The Life of John Milton, Blackwell, 2003
Christopher Hill, Milton and the English Revolution, Faber, 1960
Christopher Ricks, Milton’s Grand Style, OUP, 1963
Stanley Fish, Surprised by Sin, Palgrave, 1997
Joseph H. Summers, The Muses Method, Chatto & Windus, 1962
J. R. R. Tolkien, Tree and Leaf, Harper and Collins, 2001
G. Wilson – Knight, The Wheel of Fire, Methuen, 1960 (1949)
Jan Kott, Shakespeare our Contemporary, Methuen, 1965
Ronald Johnson, Radi Os, Flood Editions, Chicago, 2005
John Broadbent, Paradise Lost – Introduction, Cambridge, 1972
John Broadbent, John Milton – Introductions, Cambridge, 1973
John Broadbent, Paradise Lost Books 1-2, Cambridge, 1972
John Broadbent and Lois Potter, Paradise Lost Books 3-4, Cambridge, 1976
Robert Hodge and Isabel G. Maccaffrey, Paradise Lost Books 5-6, Cambridge, 1975
David Aeis and Mary Radzinowicz, Paradise Lost Books 7-8, Cambridge, 1974
Martin Evans, Paradise Lost Books 9-10, Cambridge, 1973
Michael Hollington and Laurence Wilkinson, Paradise Lost Books 11-12, Cambridge, 1976


Gilchrist, The Life of William Blake, two volumes, Macmillan & Co, 1863
Samuel Palmer, The Eclogues of Virgil – An English Version, Seeley & Co, 1883
John Milton, Paradise Lost, illustrated by John Martin, two volumes, Septimus Prowett, 1827
Martin Butlin, The Blake-Varley Sketchbook of 1819, Heineman, 1969
Philip Hofer, Illustrations to the Book of Job, Dent, 1937
Martin Butlin, William Blake the Complete Illuminated Books, Thames & Hudson, 2006
Martin Butlin, The Paintings and Drawings of William Blake, two volumes, Yale, 1981
Kathleen Raine, Blake and the New Age, George Allen and Unwin, 1979
Kathleen Raine, The Human Face of God, William Blake and the Book of Job, Thames & Hudson, 1982
Kathleen Raine, Blake and Tradition, two volumes, The A. W. Melon Lecturs in the Fine Arts, Princeton, 1969
Kathleen Raine, Golgonooza – City of Imagination, Last Studies in William Blake, Golgonooza Press, 1991
Meria Perry-Lehmann, There was a Man in the Land of Uz, William Blake’s Illustrations to the Book of Job, The Israel Museum, 1972
Martin Myrone and Amy Concannon, William Blake, Tate, 2019
Michael Phillips, Blake, Apprentice and Master, Ashmolean, 2014
Andrew Loukes, William Blake in Sussex – Visions of Albion, National Trust, 2018
David Bindman, The Complete Graphic Works, Thames & Hudson, 1978
David Bindman, The Divine Comedy, Bibliotheque de l’Image, 2000
Martin Butlin, William Blake, Tate Gallery, 1978
Samuel Palmer, William Blake – XVII Designs to Thornton’s Virgil, Mosher, 1879
Samuel Palmer, The Life and Letters of Samuel Palmer, Seeley and Co, 1892


Roy Jenkins, Churchill, the Biography, Pan, 2002
Martin Gilbert, Churchill, a Life, Pimlico, 2000
Martin Gilbert, Winston S. Churchill, Volume VI, Finest Hour, 1939-1941, Hilldale College Press, 2011
Winston Churchill, The Second World War, Volume I, the Gathering Storm, Penguin, 2005
Winston Churchill, The Second World War, Volume II, their Finest Hour, Penguin, 2005
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate, 2010
Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies, Fourth Estate, 2012


Joseph Albers, Interaction of Colour, Yale, 1975
Johannes Itten, The Elements of Colour, Willey, 1970
Johannes Itten, Design and Form, Thames & Hudson, 1975
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Dover, 1977
Wassily Kandinsky, Point and Line to Plane, Dover, 1979
Wassily Kandinsky, Sounds, Edited by Elizabeth R. Napier, Yale, 2006
Paul Klee, The Thinking Eye, Volume 1, Lund Humphries, 1978
Paul Klee, The Nature of Nature, Volume 2, Lund Humphries, 1973
Brent Berlin and Paul Kay, Basic Colour Terms, CSLI Publications, 1999
Rudolf Steiner, Colour, Rudolf Steiner Press, 1971
David Batchelor, Chromophobia, Reaction Books, 2000
Annie Beasant and C.W.Leadbeater, Thought-Forms, Quest Books, 1999
Sir Issac Newton, Opticks, Dover, 1979
Andrew Jones and Gavin MacGregor, Colouring the Past, Berg, 2002
John Cage, Colour and Meaning, Art, Science and Symbolism, Thames & Hudson, 1999
George Steiner, Language and Silence, Faber, 1967
George Steiner, Grammars of Creation, Faber, 2001
George Steiner, After Babel, OUP, 1998
Bridget Riley, The Eye’s Mind, Thames & Hudson, 1999
Semir Zeki, A Vision of the Brain, Blackwell, 1993
Semir Zeki, Inner Vision, OUP, 1999
Richard. L. Gregory, Eye and Brain – the Psychology of Seeing, OUP, 2003

Collections

Arthur Anderson and Co
Stanhope Properties plc
Unilever
Norkem
Museum Oberműnster, Regensburg
Private collections in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Mauritius, the UK, and the USA

Stained Glass Commissions

1992: SS Philip and James, Leckhampton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
1993: St Michael and all Angels, Eastington, Stroud, Gloucestershire

2022: Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, USA
2020: First Prize Winner, London Sunny Art Prize
2018: Tao Hua Tan Painting Residency, China
2015: LARQ Residency, Tasmania, Australia
2014: LARQ Residency, Tasmania, Australia
1999: SACI International Residency, Florence, Italy
1988: St Stephen’s House Residency, Oxford
1986: Cheltenham Fellowship, Cheltenham Art School
1985: Cité International des Arts Residency, Paris
1983: Boise Travelling Scholarship, British School, Rome