Artist Statement -

The things that motivate me are the everyday experiences we react to, like space, atmosphere and the dramatic play of nature, or its calm and peaceful moods. All these play an important part in the experience and interpretation of the landscape.

I do not want to create a new and unreal world that I do not recognise, feel or see. To be part of this amazing world is in itself a privilege. The variety and ever-changing moods never cease to inspire and motivate me. It is the world I know and want to record as I see and experience it: a world of uncomparable beauty, totally unpredictable and exciting - new every day.

I enjoy the moods and the changes throughout the day, together with the reactions, habits and responses of people in different situations. All this inspires me. To say something about everyday things that are often taken for granted: things that are part of everyday conversation – everyday observation. So why not paint it?

I have no desire to paint the unreal – things that are not understood – just to be different or “with it”, or to invent a world that does not exist. I need to express and interpret what I feel and experience – to be personally involved with the subject. Not copying, but expressing it as I see it and feel it.

At one time or other, all of us stand in awe and marvel at the unexpected dramatic display spread before us. It is the driving force that triggers us to record the moment that could be lost forever.

Artist Exhibitions

Walter E Westbrook has exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions and group exhibitions throughout South Africa, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and the UK.

Altantic Gallery, Cape Town
Sandton Gallery, Johannesburg
Leicester Gallery, Johannesburg
Bakker Gallery, Johannesburg
South Africa Association of Arts Gallery, Pretoria
Hoffer Gallery, Pretoria
William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley
National Museum, Bloemfontein
Castle Arts, Canterbury

Retrospective exhibitions:
William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley
University of the Orange Free State, Bloemfontein
Pretoria University, Pretoria

Artist Publications

150 South African Paintings Past and Present
by Lucy Alexander & Evelyn Cohen
Struikhof Publishers ISBN 0 947458 25 5
"Westbrook is a landscapist, who, like so many painters in the dry interior of South Africa, has found inspiration in its flat and endless plains, bridging voids from foreground to horizon...."

Berman's Art & Artists of South Africa
Esme Berman
AA Balkema Publishers ISBN 0 86961 144 5
Pages, 65, 244, 370, 488, 499, 500, 515, 516, 517, 518 & 519
"Walter Westbrook is a landscape painter, whose most distinctive stylistic trait is the sense of space apparent in his is in his colour and composition that he separates himself from the conventional descriptive painters..."

Numerous press cuttings and reviews, can be found in the South African news archives.

"Westbrook, famous for his watercolour landscapes, has the ability to capture mood and atmosphere, whether painting a portrait, still life or his signature landscapes. There is a calm serenity about his work - a tranquility that is seldom found. From the subtle colours of the Northern Cape and Namibian desert landscape to the richer pallete of Europe, Westbrook's work continues to capture the imagination and inspire." AARDMAAN Art

Leading South African artist, Alexis Preller wrote of Westbrook's art: "The impression which has remained with me, is one of calm, beauty and pure, direct vision."


Artist Collections

Numerous private and public collections worldwide, including the USA, UK and Europe, Australia and South Africa

Public Collections:
Cotton Collection, USA
South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Pretoria Art Museum, Pretroia
Willem Annandale Art Gallery, Lichtenburg
SASOL art collection, South Africa
William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley
University of South Africa, Pretoria
University of the Orange Free State, Bloemfontein
RAU University, Johannesburg
South African National Museum of Military History
Various South African embassies throughout Europe


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