David Webb Lemba Tree 2016 Acrylic and pumice on panel 34x30cm
Bemba Tree, 2016. Acrylic and pumice on panel, 34x30cm

David Webb’s paintings push at the same playful possibilities that John McLean, Mali Morris and the late Geoff Rigden all approached, from different directions; but his distillation and refinement signal a break from the expansive, atmospheric legacy of American and Canadian abstraction that inspired them. Here, a dynamic spatial play is conjured out of the blocking-in and blocking-out of discrete colour areas in subtle or incongruous combinations of hues that often fly directly (and to Instantloveland’s eyes, refreshingly) in the face of good taste.

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