David West Talk: Friday 6 September 6.30pm
Tickets: £8/£23 including supper
Book a genuine Japanese supper by Japanese chef Shige Takezoe afterwards (buffet main course £15)
To view the work in the exhibition click here.
As a student in the ’50s David West admired Japanese art. Years later he held workshops in various parts of Japan, and gained a much greater understanding of Japanese art and culture. In 2008, he was invited to Japan by the Sasakawa Foundation of Great Britain to spend four weeks drawing and recording his experiences. He returned with about 200 drawings, illustrated journals and many memories, some serious, some humorous. David West will talk about his trip to Japan and his walk along parts of an ancient Buddhist pathway which links numerous shrines, waterfalls and natural features. This experience has informed all the work in his new exhibition from gilded carved wood panels to woodcuts and drawings.
Born in London in 1939, David West studied painting and printmaking at Camberwell School of Art. He taught part-time at various art schools until 1972, and since then he has worked full-time as a professional artist on both commissioned and other works. He has lived and worked in Lyme Regis, Dorset since 1981. For many years he has been fascinated by the miniature. He spent seven years building a dolls house and gardens for a collector creating ‘a box in which millions of things are happening’. He has always described his role as creating a framework or situation which will allow the spectator to enter and partake in his or her own fantasy.
Private and public collections, include the University of Warwick, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Totnes Hospital, Philpott Museum, Lyme Regis, Dorset Museum, Dorchester, University of Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Sasakawa Foundation of Great Britain, Tokyo, St. Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis, John Makepeace Collection.
One man shows include those at the Royal Albert Museum, Exeter, Glynn Vivian Museum, Swansea, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley, Dorset Museum, Dorchester, Fischer Fine Art, London, Parnham House, Beaminster, Town Mill Gallery, Lyme Regis. This is his first show at Sladers Yard alongside the woodwork of Petter Southall.