Dave West is a full time artist born in South Wales in 1972 and living in Balbriggan since 2002. He studied Illustration at the Carmarthenshire College of Art & Design and recently completed a degree in Art History with the Open University.
He works mainly through the genres of landscape and still life. In his landscape work he continuously explores new subjects, both locally, nationally and abroad – seeking to explore the emotional connections between places and atmosphere.
Dave’s still life paintings have an autobiographical element. They are staged in strong lighting and feature meticulously rendered objects. Some throwaway, some nostalgic and other for their visual beauty.
In addition to his fine art practice, Dave teaches art both privately and in public arts centres, colleges, and schools.
He has mounted numerous solo exhibitions including exhibitions at Draiocht Arts Centre, Iontas Arts Centre, and the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre.
He exhibits regularly 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 and The Royal Society of British Artists.