“At its core, my work is rooted in questions of spirituality and morality. Compositions are calculated, controlled and are an attempt to reach perfection. They are resolved. Meditative. Conflict has been removed. They are intended to act as a counterpoint to our chaotic society and my lack of control I have as an individual struggling with my place in it: how one self-actualizes v. how one is perceived.”
“My art practice is wide in scope although most concepts manifest as oil paint on board / canvas. The written word (on paper) has become frequent compositional elements. I use it to evoke a duality: on one hand creating an organic harmony with the painting in order to induce a meditative quality; while at the same time creating a tension between the seemingly obtrusive media, partnered with serene imagery. The words also hold specific meaning which may or may not relate to the visual cues. In most cases the text, coupled with the images, bring my work to a place that neither myself or the particular author had intended.”
~ Christopher Webb, 2019
Originally from Halifax, Webb studied painting under the tutelage of his grandmother, artist Madeleine Asprey (Pavia). Webb graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a degree in Political Science. He went on to create and implement the Career Starts Program as a Human Resources Consultant with the Government of Nova Scotia. Soon after, he realized that painting was his true calling and made a pilgrimage back to his ancestral homeland of Italy. He lived for one year in the remote Calabrian village of Amantea and then spent another eight months in Florence.
His artwork can be found in public and private collections across Europe and North America. He is an active member of the arts community and in 2006 was named the President of Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS – representing Nova Scotia’s artists.) He is a founding member of Nova Scotia Cultural Action Network (NSCAN). He has also served as a Member of the Board of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. He recently has taken on the curatorial role at Pavia Gallery.
Over the years, Webb has delivered lectures and presentations to more than 500 groups and organizations across North America. Locally, he has been invited to guest lecture at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), Saint Mary's University and Mount Saint Vincent University. He is a professional, dedicated, results oriented leader with over 16 years of experience working with public, private and not-for-profit organizations.
Webb also leads Art & Cultural Excursions every year to Italy with his partner Victoria Foulger. He currently resides with family in Herring Cove, Nova Scotia.