Joe Webster's 2022 bluebell paintings are both a continuation of his two decades of experience and observation in nature while also marking an evolution in his unique landscape-graffiti style. This beautiful collection uses dramatic tonal and colour harmonies presenting shades of black alongside bold, vibrant shades of indigo and lime green. Joe's use of graffiti techniques amongst the foliage and blossoms suggests both the most beautiful and abrasive qualities of human behaviour.
Webster has been painting the fleeting British spring blossoms for 20 years and he finds bluebells in particular, a great challenge. This is in part because we only get four weeks during May to enjoy them, which for Joe, working plein-air in our climate becomes two weeks per year or less with enough sunshine to witness the dappled pools of light through the canopy and across the forest floor. After these precious two weeks of capturing the unique colours of this nostalgic species Joe pauses his studies before returning the following year to continue his exploration of this ancient British wildflower.