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"Lorraine Webb: Face Value"
2003-05-07 until 2003-06-29
Te Manawa Art Gallery
Palmerston North, ,
NZ New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Huge faces of complex individuals that loom large and very close span the facing wall as one enters the Te Manawa Art Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand. These large portraits are of a group of people that cause Lorraine Webb to ask, through the painting, questions of guilt and innocence. Who is guilty and who is innocent? The American president, George W. Bush, terrorists, coup leaders, cricketers and politicians are the subjects of the paintings.
The portraits gaze at you. You are drawn to them, and, just when you start to come to grips with the facial features depicted, maybe even sensing someone looking with you, you turn and find one portrait on the opposite wall of the gallery. George W. Bush became part of it continued Ms Webb the questions of guilt and innocence led me to the situation between America and Iraq.
Nineteen much smaller portraits line another wall. A wall of terrorists. One is compelled to ask, who are the terrorists of today that artist Lorraine Webb has depicted only as faces? I wanted to paint the terrorists to know what they were like, their motivations and their lives
Lorraine Webb was born in South Africa. Educated there, in New Zealand and Australia. She has a Diploma of Fine Arts with Honours in Printmaking from the University of Canterbury, and a Master of Fine Arts (research) in Painting, from the Victoria College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne.
Ms Webb lives in Wanganui, New Zealand and is currently teaching at the Quay School of Arts, at Wanganui UCOL, where she is Head of Painting.