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22/09/2017

MEET THE ARTIST

Location: Dorset County Museum - Click for map

Time: 11am - 3pm

For the very first time, Under the Surface brings together 70 of David West’s most important works from both private and public collections. Spanning 60 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.

On Friday 22nd September, there is a chance to meet David to talk about his exhibition and a demostration of his work.*

Born in 1939, David West went to Sutton and Cheam School of Art (1956 – 1958) and Camberwell School of Art (1958 – 1960) where he studied painting and printmaking.  

In the 1960s his work took an unexpected direction as he began to explore flexible ways to construct paintings within a three dimensional framework, which led naturally on to painting on wood.  Initially, wood was a substitute for canvas, but he soon became interested in its possibilities, and gradually there was more constructing and carving and less painting.

His carved wooden models are full of acute observation and humour, and reflect the strong interest West has in architecture, and the self-contained world within buildings.

West’s move from London to Lyme Regis in 1981 inspired in him a love of the Dorset landscape and coast, and a fascination with the ebb and flow of tides and water.  This influence can be clearly seen in his work as he began to carve sculptures based on walks along the beach at Lyme Regis.
 
Dorset County Museum is pleased to be welcoming David West back following a successful exhibition at the Museum almost 30 years ago.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see behind the scenes look at this fascinating exhibition.
 
This exhibition is supported by the Mansel-Pleydell & Cecil Trust and PGP

*Usual Museum admissions apply

How to book:
For further information contact the Museum on 01305 756827 or email shop@dorsetcountymuseum.org