On 11 March 2015, the Saatchi Gallery will open Paper Cuts: New Works by Joe Webb in the Prints & Originals Gallery. The exhibition will run alongside the Gallery's main exhibition Pangaea II: New Art From Africa and Latin America.
Paper Cuts showcases original collages, paintings and limited edition prints by the British contemporary artist Joe Webb. Many of the works will be exhibited for the first time, and will be available for sale.
Joe Webb (b.1976) uses vintage magazines and printed ephemera that he has collected to create simple but elegant hand-made collages. Eschewing Photoshop to manipulate imagery, Webb uses concise cuts to transform the original material into something altogether more surreal and enigmatic. He juxtaposes two or three different elements in each work, conforming to a simple formula which echoes the approaches and subject matter in paintings by Magritte and De Chirico, and to the seminal collages of Max Ernst.
"I started making these simple hand-made collages as a sort of luddite reaction to working as a graphic artist on computers for many years. I like the limitations of collage...just using found imagery and a pair of scissors." - Joe Webb
Paper Cuts includes works that explore love and life in the 21st Century. The place of man in the universe, the exploration and exploitation of our environment, and how we relate to each other are recurring themes across a variety of media.
Joe Webb is a British artist who lives and works near Lewes in East Sussex. A series of limited edition prints by the artists available through the Saatchi Store quickly sold out in 2012 and 2013. Following group and solo exhibitions, Joe has recently begun to collaborate with Jealous Gallery on a series of new prints. These together with new collages and new wallpaper works on canvas will be included in the exhibition.