Boyd Webb  (British, 1947) 

Boyd Webb (British, b.1947) is a photographer who is best known for his large scale Surreal-like cibachormes. Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, he attended the Ilam School of Art from 1968 to 1971. He then traveled to London in 1972 to study at the Royal College of Art. After graduating in 1975, Webb settled in London, where he had his first solo show a year later at the Robert Self Gallery.

Trained in sculpture, Webb’s earliest works consisted of installation pieces of life-size fiberglass casts of people arranged in a scene. He quickly turned to photography; he developed his own bizarre, artificial style in the 1980s. Webb’s photographs are constructed scenes he creates by building sets in his studio and using actors for theatricality. The sets are artificial looking, but the people in them are real; he consistently plays with the idea of the real and the imagined.

In his early photographs, Webb reveals the relationship of man and nature through allegorical references of humanity, and man’s disregard and manipulation of nature, as seen in his work Tethered Ray (1981). In the 1990s, Webb turned his focus to a more scientific subject matter: exploring the biology of genetic engineering, disease, and reproduction. The work entitled Donor (1994) shows a school of sperm-like objects traveling through colored cellular tubing. In these “scientific works,” it is hard to tell how he photographed the images and whether he used real specimens or constructed them by using man-made material. In the early 2000s, Webb produced his Botanics series, which includes close-ups of silk flowers that the artist retouched with color and placed in front of a monochrome background. The series was inspired by Charles Baudelair’s poem “Les Fleurs du mal” (Flowers of Evil), which is about the attraction to the deadly. The series alludes to the destruction of nature at the hands of humankind. Webb has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand, Europe, and America. In 1995, he represented New Zealand at the Sydney Biennale. He currently lives and works in Brighton, England.

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Boyd Webb, Replenish II


Boyd Webb
Replenish II

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Boyd Webb, Renounce II


Boyd Webb
Renounce II

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Boyd Webb, Tosser II


Boyd Webb
Tosser II

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Boyd Webb, Postscript II


Boyd Webb
Postscript II

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Boyd Webb, Nourish II


Boyd Webb
Nourish II

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Boyd Webb, Lung II


Boyd Webb
Lung II

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Boyd Webb, Harvest II


Boyd Webb
Harvest II

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Boyd Webb, Coxswain


Boyd Webb

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Boyd Webb, Bedding II


Boyd Webb
Bedding II

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Boyd Webb, Billet Doux (Yellow Dasies)


Boyd Webb
Billet Doux (Yellow Dasies), 1997
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Boyd Webb, Fish


Boyd Webb
Fish, 1983


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Boyd Webb, Wrist


Boyd Webb
Wrist, 1983


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1947   Born in Christchurch, New Zealand
1968 - 1971   Studied at the Ilam School of Art in Christchurch
1972 - 1975   Royal College of Art in London, MA Sculpture
2009   Julie Saul Gallery, Armory Show, New York, NY
2007   Sonnabend Gallery, New York
2004   Michael Hue-Williams Fine Art
Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland
2003   Estorick Collection, London
Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense
2002   De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea
Milton Keynes Gallery
2001   Brisbane City Art Gallery, Brisbane
2000   Galerie Windows, Brussels
1999   Toi Toi Toi Museum Friedericianum Kassel (group)
Auckland Art Gallery
Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens
1997   Auckland Art Gallery
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
1996   Villa Arson, Nice
1995   Sydney Biennale (group)
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp
Sonnabend Gallery, New York
1994   VIII Indian Triennale, New Delhi
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
1993   Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva
Galerie Chislaine Hussenot, Paris
1991   The Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA (solo)
1990   Hirschorn Museum, Washington DC (solo)
1989   Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London
1987   Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Kestner-Gessellschaft, Hanover
Galeria Comicos, Lisbon
1986   Adelaide Festival of the Arts, Adelaide
1984   Anthony d'Offray Gallery, London
1983   Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
1981   Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London
Auckland City Art Gallery
1980   Museum Haus Lange, Krefeldt
1979   Sonnabend Gallery, New York
1978   Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (solo)
Konrad Fischer Gallery, Dusseldorf
1976   Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (solo)