W.H. Webb was born and raised in England and trained as an art teacher. A career in education in Canada followed while Webb continued his painting. His first solo exhibition was at the West End Gallery in 1986 and in 1990, Webb commenced his career as a full time artist. Further exhibitions ensued in Calgary and Toronto. W.H. Webb is a landscape painter who is best described as a "painterly realist." Webb uses acrylic paint in a manner reminiscent of the traditional school of watercolourists. While his works may be viewed as a topographical landscape, they are intellectually developed with the inter-related elements of space, form, colour, line, unity and rhythm. Above all, Webb's paintings are about expression and emotion and are enthusiastically collected in Canada, the United States and Europe.
Viewers in front of my paintings most often remark that the first thing to strike them is the emotional impact of the painting. These responses seem to vary from emotional highs, déjà vu, to “it looks like a photo”. Regardless, the emotion appears to be the most powerful from what I am told. The second response is to the light in the painting and, of course, my paintings are all about emotion and light. If the viewer has felt the emotion I felt when I painted the piece, then we have clicked. An art dealer once said to me “I can pick out your paintings from the other side of the building”, which is confirmation for me that I am developing a recognizable style. What is not often known is that my style is a mixture of an etching type technique married to a watercolour manner. My genre has been trumpeted as “Hyper Realist” or “Photorealistic”, but I would prefer to think of my paintings as “Painterly Realist”. Viewing one of my paintings in close up will reveal dots, dashes and flicks of paint along with washes galore. This is a far cry from the more hard-edged style of photo realist’s.... I have been blessed with a 26-year career in the world of art and I hope I can give back just as much in the next 26 years.