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Martin Webb

United States 1964

Installation, Sculpture, Painting, Murals

Martin Webb
Martin Webb
United States
November 29, 2015

Martin Webb is an English-born artist, currently based in San Francisco. Although he is primarily a painter, Martin also makes prints, sculptural objects, murals, public and commissioned art. The artist’s intention is to create evocative, resonant images that can recall common feelings and memories.

Webb’s Wooden Sculptures

Martin Webb - Riding The currents, 2014
Martin Webb – Riding The Currents, 2014

Originally from England, Webb came to the East Bay Area in 2003. He was already a high school art teacher for several years in England, when he decided to come on a one-year teacher exchange to the United States, where he taught at Hogan High in Vallejo. Determined to make a change, Martin started working as a designer and installer for The Concretist, a small company specialized in creative decorative concrete floors.

Since the work was project-by-project, the artist made the most out of his downtime developing studio work and focusing on his own art making. Gradually, the commercial work phased out, and his career as a full time artist began.


Left Martin Webb - Monotype 58, 2014, Right Martin Webb - Monotype 63, 2014
Left: Martin Webb – Monotype 58, 2014 / Right: Martin Webb – Monotype 63, 2014

Whether it is a mural, public installation, painting or an intimate monotype, Martin describes his body of work as “… thoughts about people, places, and home. About age, time, and timelessness, permanence and impermanence. About movement, migration, and belonging.” His art reflects on the personal experience of travel, man’s interaction with the nature, individual stories of migration and desire for home, belonging, and connection.

Mixed-media Paintings

Martin Webb - Tread Lightly, 2015
Martin Webb – Tread Lightly, 2015

Over the course of years, Webb has developed a simple visual language of abstract shapes, patterns, representational symbols and figures. The artist usually works on multiple paintings simultaneously, focused on color, composition, and materials. Martin’s aversion to art stores consequently led to his affection towards construction materials – cement, industrial pigments, reclaimed wood, and found metal objects. He also mixes his own paint from acrylic, pigments and cement compound to make a paint that can be used in different consistencies. By repeatedly layering the paint, he creates rich textured surfaces and sands particular areas of a painting.

Martin Webb has collaborated with several galleries and consultants in the Bay Area and beyond, exhibiting his studio work. He is currently represented by Frederick Holmes Gallery in Seattle, and also works with The Compound Gallery, Oakland, and Green Chalk Contemporary, Monterey.

Martin Webb lives and works in Berkeley, Oakland, in San Francisco Bay Area.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016New WorkGreen Chalk Contemporary, Monterey, CADuo
2015Many StreamsThe Compound Gallery, Oakland, CASolo
2015NightwalkingAddison Street Windows, Berkeley, CASolo
2014Specific GravityStanford Art Spaces, Stanford University, CASolo
2014Forces and PerceptionsThoreau Center For Sustainability, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014Statewide AnnualTriton Museum, Santa Clara, CAGroup
2013Made For You And MeThe Compound Gallery, Oakland, CASolo
2012DurationGallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, CAGroup
2011Making The Road By WalkingThe Compound Gallery, Oakland, CADuo
2011Animal DreamsA New Leaf gallery, Sonoma, CAGroup
2011On Being HumanPicture Art Foundation, Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Inaugural ShowMeyer-Metro Gallery, Houston, TXGroup
2010The PeregrinesMetro Gallery, Reno City Hall, Reno, NVSolo
2009Group ShowCalifornia Modern, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008Best WesternEsteban Sabar Gallery, Oakland, CASolo