Seb West is a St. Ives artist who has spent over 25 years producing vivid, contemporary paintings of the Cornish landscape from his own unique perspective. Initially recognised for his painted linocut reliefs, Seb has since diversified across a wide range of media and styles. Since 2012 he has been creating mainly abstract and semi-abstract works which incorporate heavy textures and a variety of patinas including metallic paints and metal leaf.
Seb West was born in St. Ives in
1968, and his diverse, fresh and imaginative style stems from a love
and intimate knowledge of his hometown, his Cornish heritage and
a great love for the local countryside and
sea. The rugged Cornish landscape and near Mediterranean light had a
profound effect on him as a boy, and later would provide a lasting
source of inspiration for his work.
Since then Seb’s work has diversified across a wide variety of techniques and styles with his latest work firmly rooted in the abstract.
1985 - Graduated St. Ives Comprehensive. 8 ‘O’ Levels
1987 - Graduated Penwith Sixth Form. Two further ‘O’ Levels, ‘A’ Level Art, ‘A’ Level Maths
1987 - 1989 Falmouth School of Art and Design, BTEC Diploma Graphic Design
1989 - 1991 Falmouth School of Art and Design, BTEC Higher Diploma Illustration.
Exhibitions (Dates are approximate)
1992 – ‘New Blood’ Top 50 graduates exhibition, Association of Illustrators, off Tottenham Court Road
1995 – ‘St. Ives Impressionists’ Campbell Gallery, Reagents Street London
2000 – ‘An Innocent Eye’ Mariners Gallery, St. Ives
2003 – ‘Granite and Gorse’ Mariners Gallery St. Ives (solo)
2004 - Mariners Gallery St. Ives - with Mark Stoddart
2005 - Cube 3 Gallery, Plymouth University
2005 – ‘Small Paintings’ Seb West Gallery St. Ives (solo)
2006 – ‘Small Paintings II’ Seb West Gallery St. Ives (solo)
2007 – ‘Directions’ Mariners Gallery St. Ives (solo)
2012 - ‘Coast Lines’ Mariners Gallery St. Ives - with Glyn Macey
2014 - ‘Driven to Abstraction’ Mariners Gallery St. Ives - with Glyn Macey