Voltz Clarke Gallery is pleased to present Variations by Joshua Avery Webster. The series consists of Webster’s signature linear paintings in color combinations inspired by and for the gallery at The Colony Palm Beach.
One of Joshua Avery Webster’s many sources of inspiration is his vast experience with design: working daily with colors, form, typography and motion, his design work and paintings influence each other. In addition, his education in architecture provided him with a love of three dimensions, texture, and scale that he also incorporates into his artwork. Webster is always looking for ways that all of these experiences, pursuits and skills can work to inform one another, and possibly, in the future, be combined.
Webster chooses to leave the meaning of his works open for interpretation so not to impose a specific idea on to his viewers. He explains this further in his quote about his practice:
“I don’t like to attach a story or narrative. I feel that is unnecessary and takes away from my work, influencing the viewers’ experience and understanding of the paintings. Everyone should bring their own thoughts to my work, not mine. My thoughts are personal and my experience unique. So should be everyone else’s. Additionally, their experience and thoughts are likely to change over time and that is perfectly appropriate.
I will say that color, form and texture are three of the most significant considerations in my process, which is very organic. I typically begin with one color and go from there, never knowing where I will end up. That journey is possibly more important to me than the end result as it is wholly mine and something no one else can ever begin to know.”
Joshua Avery Webster lives and works in Newark, New Jersey. Webster earned his Masters of Architecture at Tulane University and a Masters of Communications Design at Pratt Institute. He has also studied at the University of Sydney in Australia and the School of Visual Arts in New York.