Under the Surface: Paintings and carvings by David West
Major Exhibition: 8 April 2017 - 6 January 2018
David West was born in London in 1939 and studied painting and printmaking at Camberwell School of Art. Working at first as an art teacher, and then as a professional artist since 1972, he has lived and worked in Lyme Regis since 1981.
West’s extraordinary talents both as a wood carver and a painter have realised a visionary peacefulness and contemplative quality in his work. His pieces have always been imaginative, are often witty, and filled with fantasy and wonder. Living beside the River Lim for over 35 years, with its course flowing directly beside his studio and garden, West’s has frequently drawn inspiration from his surroundings here in Dorset – particularly in his more recent work which expresses the movement and qualities of water – and in a visual language that is both personal and exploratory.
David West’s paintings and carvings can be found in private and public collections including: Dorset County Museum; University of Warwick; Philpott Museum; Totnes Hospital; Ulster Museum; Equity and Law; and the John Makepeace Collection.
For the very first time this exhibition brings together 70 of David West’s most important works from both private and public collections. Spanning sixty years, it reflects the different strands of his development as a painter, sculptor and craftsman, deftly illustrating the progression and interaction between his use of paint and wood, in what is a landmark exhibition for this Dorset artist.
Kindly supported by The Mansel-Pleydell and Cecil Trust