'My current work is divided between the traditional genres of still life and landscape in oil and more recently in soft pastel. The still life's are concerned with everyday items - some items appeal to me as they verge on the kitsch, some for their jewel-like character while others have a personal meaning or simply feel 'just right'.
I envisage my nocturnal works as giving a poetic voice to everyday, mundane places and spaces - seen through the half-light of dawn and dusk or the neon glow of street lamps. I am concerned with the sublime in the everyday and ordinary, the point at which beauty meets perceived ideas regarding ugliness or banality, for example the meeting of the dusty blues and pinks of dusk with a mobile home, or the intensity of car lights in a line of traffic. These atmospheric works are unapologetically romantic and I consider them successful when they connect with the viewer on an emotional rather than an intellectual level.
'The broadening of my practice to include working with pastel has renewed my passion for the 'sun-soaked' landscape and in visual terms has been a particularly exciting time as I strive to find harmony and balance when working with the saturated colours of pure pigment.'
Dave West was born and raised in South Wales and is now settled in Balbriggan, North County Dublin. He studied at the Carmarthenshire College of Art & Design and recently completed a degree in Art History with the Open University. He has mounted 13 solo exhibitions including 'Nocturama' at Draiocht Arts Centre, 'Spectral' at the Leinster Gallery and 2 with the Blue Leaf Gallery. He has exhibited widely in Group Shows including the Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Ulster Academy and Eígse, and in the UK with the Royal West of England Academy, Royal Society of Oil Painters, Royal Society of Marine Artists, The New English Art Club, The Royal Society of British Artists, and the UK Pastel Society, at which he won the 2013 Schminke Award.
In Ireland he is a regular exhibitor at both the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Ulster Academy. In 2017, he won the Gold Award at 'Art in the Open' Plein Air Festival in Wexford, Ireland.
Solo Exhibitions 2007 – 2016 2015 November 2nd, 'Art at the House', The House Restaurant, Howth, County Dublin 2015 October 4th 'Postcards from Somewhere', Easter Snow Gallery, Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, County Dublin
2014 'Art at The House', The House Restaurant, Howth, County Dublin 2014 'Night Paintings', Iontas, Castleblaney, County Monaghan 2013 'Spectral' The Leinster Gallery, Dublin 2012 ‘Recent works in Pastel’, Village Gallery, Skerries 2012 ‘Nocturama’, Draiocht Arts Centre, Dublin 2011 ‘Seashaken’, The Denis Collins Gallery, Wexford (Opera Festival Show) 2010 Village Gallery, Skerries 2010 Killarney Art Gallery, Kerry 2009 Blue Leaf Gallery, Fairview, Dublin 2008 Art Upstairs, Wexford 2008 ‘Drawings’, Ardgillan Demesne, Balbriggan 2007 Daffodil Gallery, Skerries 2007 Blue Leaf Gallery, Fairview, Dublin
Group Exhibitions 2007 – 2016 2016 Royal Hibernian Academy Invited Artist 2015 Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast 2015 Opera Festival Exhibition, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford
2015 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition 2015 Edinburgh Art Fair, Chimera Gallery Artist 2015 Not the Royal Academy, Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London 2015 Spring Show, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford 2015 'Art at the House' Spring Show 2015 AAF Battersea, Sol Gallery Artist 2015 AAF Singapore, Sol Gallery Artist 2014 Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Belfast, NI. 2014 Wexford Opera Festival Exhibition, Greenacres, Wexford 2014 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition 2014 The Pastel Society (UK) Annual Exhibition, London (also 2010 to 2013 2014 Irish Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Titanic Belfast, Belfast 2013 Royal West of England Academy Annual Exhibition, Bristol, UK 2013 The Cavehill Gallery Christmas Show, Belfast, NI. (also 2012 & 2011) 2013 New English Art Club (also 2011, 2010), Mall Galleries, London, UK. 2012 Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London (also 2011 & 2009) 2012 ‘Level’ Dunamaise Arts Centre - Exhibition selected by Joch Nichol (also 2010 selected by Geraldine O’Neill & 2009 selected by Martin Gale) 2011 ‘Clancy's Memorial Show’, Joan Clancy Gallery, An Rinn, Dungarvan 2011 Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition (also 2008) 2010 Toronto Art Fair, Blue Leaf Gallery Artist 2010 ‘Wildly Different Things’, Blue Leaf Unlimited, Dublin 2009 Mullingar Arts Centre 2009 London Art Fair, Blue Leaf Gallery Artist 2009 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition 2009 Eigse Arts Festival 2008 ‘Wilde about art’, Joan Clancy Gallery, An Rinn, Dungarvan, Waterford 2008 ‘Draughtsmen’ Blue Leaf Gallery, Dublin 2008 ‘Irish Art’. Wren Fine Art, Burford, UK. (also 2006) 2007 Balbriggan Arts Festival (Also 2006 & 2005)
Residencies& Awards 2011 Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig. (also 2009 & 2008) 2013 Winner of the UK Pastel Societies Schminke Award 2015 Loughshinny Boathouse