Approved: 08.06.2010

Liz West


Approved: 08.06.2010

Liz West is a Manchester-based artist (b.1985) who graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2007. West’s broad body of work encompasses wall-based artwork, sculpture, and site-specific installations.

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    Artist Statement

    Liz West is a Manchester-based artist (b.1985) who graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2007. West’s broad body of work encompasses wall-based artwork, sculpture, and site-specific installations.

    West creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. West aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer through her works. She is interested in exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply entrenched relationships to colour. West's investigation into the relationship between colour and light is often realised through an engagement between materiality and a given site. Our understanding of colour can only be realised through the presence of light. By playing and adjusting colour, West brings out the intensity and composition of her spatial arrangements.

    West has been commissioned worldwide by institutions and organisations including Natural History Museum, National Trust, National Science and Media Museum, Natural England, Allied London, Grosvenor, British Land, Leftcoast, Bloc Projects, Salford University, Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Eden Arts and Bristol Biennial. West's work has been included in exhibitions with Chester Cathedral, Compton Verney, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Cornerhouse, Brunel University, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, UK Young Artists and Royal British Society of Sculptors in the UK, as well as internationally at Kraftwerk Berlin and The Invisible Dog in New York. Permanent works are sited in London, Manchester and Bury. Her work has been widely published including by Wallpaper*, FRAME Magazine, The Creator's Project, Design Boom, Huffington Post, Colossal, Thames & Hudson, The World of Interiors, The Times and The Independent.

    CV & Education

    Selected Solo Exhibitions

    2019   Our Colour Reflection, St Albans Museum + Gallery, UK

    2018   Colour Field, The Civic, Barnsley, UK

                 Our Colour Reflection, Chester Cathedral, Chester, UK

    2016   Autumn Lights, Little Moreton Hall, National Trust, Cheshire, UK

                 Our Colour, Pithay Studios, Bristol Biennial, Bristol, UK

                 Solstice Ritual, Penarth Pier Pavilion, Penarth, UK

                 Our Colour Reflection, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, UK

                 Our Colour Reflection, St. Marks Church London, UK

                 Our Colour ReflectionBroadgate London, UK

    2015   Zenith Blue + Primary Red, ARCADECARDIFF, Cardiff, UK

                 The Light Room - Your Colour Perception, The Willis Museum, Basingstoke, UK

                 Through, &model, Leeds, UK

                 Your Colour Perception, Federation House, Manchester, UK

    2013    On Brown & Violet Grounds, Piccadilly Place/Rogue Artists’ Studios, Manchester, UK

    2012    Chroma, BLANKSPACE Gallery, Manchester, UK


    Selected Group Exhibitions

    2019    Colour Snap, Art and Design Gallery, University of Hertfordshire 

    2018    Zuleika Gallery, London, UK

    2017    Perspective Playground, Kraftwerk, Berlin, Germany

                 Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK

                 Drawing for Sculpture, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, UK

                 Winter Lights Festival, Canary Wharf, London, UK

    2016    Colour Wheel, Vernon Street Gallery, Leeds College of Art, Leeds, UK

                 Aesthetica Art Prize, York St Mary’s, York Museums Trust, York, UK

                 Bursary Award Exhibition, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London, UK

    2015   Light Fantastic, National Media Museum, Bradford, UK

                 Unnatural Pleasures, Radiant Gallery, Plymouth, UK

    2013    Synthesis, Victoria Warehouse Hotel (Manchester Science Festival), Manchester, UK

                 Four, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK

    2012    World Event Young Artists, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, UK                             

                 Still Here, Untitled BCN, Barcelona, Spain

    2011    The Tomorrow People, Elevator Gallery, London, UK         

                  At Play 3, South Hill Park, Bracknell, UK                           

                  Colour, Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK

    2010    Expectations, The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, New York, USA

                 Deptford X, Core Gallery, London, UK

                 Collagerie, Stew Gallery, Norwich, UK


    Awards & Prizes

    2016    Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts Award

                 Aesthetica Art Prize, York, UK (shortlisted)  

    2015    RBS Bursary Award 2015, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London

    2013    Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts Award

    2012    Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts Award

    2011    The Title Art Prize, Manchester, UK (shortlisted)

                 Woolgather Art Prize, Leeds, UK (shortlisted)

    2010    Celeste International Art Prize, New York, USA (shortlisted)

                 Northern Futures Awards, Barnsley, UK(winner People’s Choice Award)

                 The National Open Art Competition, Chichester, UK (shortlisted)


    Selected Commissions

    2018    Aglow, Paris Fashion Week, Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris; Commissioned by Nemozena

                 Colour Transfer, Paddington Central, London; Commissioned by British Land

                 A Subjective Mix at The National Festival of Marking, The Exchange, Blackburn; Commissioned by Super Slow Way & Deco Publique

    2016    Sevenfold, Bury; Commissioned by The Met Theatre

                 Our Spectral Vision in Colour and Vision: Through the Eyes of Nature Exhibition, London; Commissioned by Natural History Museum

    2015    Through No.3, Spinningfields, Manchester; Commissioned by Castlefield Gallery, Allied London & Echo PR

                 An Additive Mix in Light Fantastic Exhibition, National Media Museum, Bradford; Commissioned by Science Museum London


    Artists Talks

    2019    Battersea Power Station West, London, 16 January 

    2018    Chester Cathedral, Chester, 27 February

                 super/collider presents, Second Home, London, 20 February

    2017    Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, 8 March

                 Broadgate Welcome Centre, Broadgate (British Land), 8 February

                 University of South Wales, Pontypridd Campus, Treforest, 2 February

                 University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, 18 January

    2016    Good Morning House, Suwon, South Korea 16 November

                 UK Young Artists National Festival, University of Derby, Derby, 4 November

                 IALD Enlighten Americas at Sheraton Convention Center, Mexico, 14 October

                 Lighting Day at Dansk Center for Lys, Copenhagen, Denmark, 7 October

                  IALD Lighting Perspectives at Light+Building, Frankfurt, Germany,14 March

                 BDP, London, 14 January

    2015    LightspacedotLondon at Lux Live, Excel Centre, London, 18 November

                 Nourishment, Roots and Wings, Hull, 30 July

                 BDP, Manchester, 15 April

    2014    Cornerhouse, Manchester, 17 May

                 Future City Series, The University of Salford & Quays Culture, 2 April


    Printed Press

    Mondo Magazine, Issue 96, February/March 2017

    Emboss Magazine, Issue 6 (USA), 2017

    IW Magazine, January (China), 2017

    Design Magazine, January (South Korea), 2017

    Professional Lighting Design Magazine, No. 103, November/Decemeber 2016

    One Artist / One Material, FRAME Magazine, November/December, 2016

    Lumitecture: Illuminating Interiors for Designers and Architects by Anna Yudina, Thames & Hudson, 2016, ISBN: 978-0500518342

    Lumière : La lumière dans l'art contemporain by Céline Delavaux, Palette, 2015, ISBN: 978-2358321952

    Frame Magazine, November/December 2015

    Mondo*Arc Magazine, Issue 87, October/November 2015

    Lighting Magazine: Illumination in Architecture,  Volume 47 Issue 5, October 2015

    Professional Lighting Design Magazine, No.99, September/October 2015

    Mondo*Arc Magazine, Issue 86, August/September 2015

    Work on the Line (Artist Book Collaboration with David Penny), 2015, Metal

    Professional Lighting Design Magazine, No.97, March/April 2015

    Interior|Fashion Magazine (Germany), 2015

    Hi Home Magazine (Russia), 2015

    Frame Magazine, May/June 2015

    In The City, Hanover Project/Victoria Lucas, 2014. ISBN: 978-0993036217

    Reunion: The Dallas Review, University of Texas, 2014. ISSN: 2160-2190  

    Constructing my Survival, EDGECondition, Art & Architecture, vol.3, September 2014

    The Language of Mixed Media Sculpture by Jac Scott, The Crowood Press Ltd, 2014. ISBN: 978-1847977212

    Exeter Living, Issue 154, March 2014

    The Big Issue, Issue 962, 21 January 2013

    Independent on Sunday, 26 August 2012

    Chroma (exhibition catalogue), Kroma Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0956768513

    The Title Art Prize (exhibition catalogue), 2011   

    Woolgather Art Prize (exhibition catalogue), East Street Arts, 2011. ISBN: 978-1906470081

    Celeste Art Prize ( exhibition catalogue), Zel Edizioni, 2010. ISBN: 978-8896600238   

    Expectations New York/Berlin (exhibition catalogue), Zel Edizioni, 2010. ISBN: 978-8896600283   

    36EXP. (exhibition catalogue), 2010

    A Moving Exhibition (exhibition catalogue), 2010. ISBN: 978-1445770680

    Talent of the First Degree, Jack Mottram, The Herald, 15 June 2007. ISSN 1671-339