It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of W.H. (Bill) Webb earlier this month.
Bill began his professional career at the West End Gallery, having his first solo exhibition in November of 1986. He lived in Wainwright, where he continued teaching, holding the position of superintendent until he retired in 1990 to become a full-time professional artist.
Webb worked in acrylic on canvas, painting large realistic landscapes described as "displaying great technical skill" and "continually perfecting his sense of space." He interestingly used acrylic paints, reminiscent of the traditional school of watercolourists. Webb's works were, at the same time, both novel and contemporary in approach. Above all, his work was about expression and emotion and are enthusiastically collected throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. You will find his work hanging in many private and public collections, including the Alberta Medical Association, the City of Edmonton Mayor's Office, and Valour Place in Edmonton, AB.
Bill Webb was a pillar of excellence and, when given a task, completed it the only way he knew how - with perfection. His artwork elevated our art gallery to where it stands today. We will forever hold him in a place of great honour, and we know you do as well. These are challenging times, and we would like to express our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and loyal collectors.
If you would like to share condolence messages, a fond memory of Bill or even photographs of his work hanging in your home to his family, you may reply to this email art@westendgalleryltd. Cards can be mailed to our Edmonton location:
West End Gallery
10337 124 Street NW
As we proceed through these unprecedented times with COVID-19 now a part of our daily lives and public gatherings limited to 15, we must move forward carefully to honour Bill Webb's legacy. Until we can all come together to celebrate his life, we will be hosting a dedicated page on our website for his collectors to view his retrospective works. Again, we would appreciate any photographs, stories and memories you wish to share with us to create Bill's online memorial. Please reply to this email with attachments or email firstname.lastname@example.org