PATRICK WEBB: 25 Years of Work
Catalogue for the 2008 PAAM exhibition.
Patrick Webb’s narrative paintings, inspired by the plague that has devastated his generation, are brilliant and mordant evocations of a twentieth-century Carnival of Death. Others have broached thee subject of AIDS with varying degrees of rage and despair. Webb’s conception of the doomed protagonist as a figure adapted from Tiepolo’s clownish Punchinello enables him to confront the terrible with an irony that enriches and deepens the ultimate pathos. I am moved by these paintings and admire them, for their invention, craft, and complex psychic texture.
– Stanley Kunitz. 1994