Liz West

 
 

Liz West (UK, 1985) graduated from Glasgow School of Art. West's broad body of work encompasses site-specific installations, sculpture, and wall-based artwork, creating vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. The artist aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer through her installations, interested in exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply entrenched relationships to colour. West investigation into the relationship between colour and light is often realised through an engagement between materiality and a given site. As she claims, 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, London Design Festival, Natural England, Allied London, Grosvenor, British Land, Salford University, Leftcoast, Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Eden Arts and Bristol Biennial. West's work has been included in exhibitions with St Albans Museum + Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, Chester Cathedral, Compton Verney, Castlefield Gallery in Manchester, Cornerhouse, Brunel University, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, UK Young Artists and Royal British Society of Sculptors in the UK, as well as internationally in Milan, Dubai, Paris, Berlin and New York. Permanent works are sited in London, Manchester and Bury. Her work has been widely published on art magazines and publications.

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020

Colourways, The Wilson Art Gallery, Cheltenham, UK

LUCE, two-person exhibition with Jemma Appleby, Daniel Benjamin Gallery, London, UK

2019

Dans la Lumière, Beaulieu-en-Rouergue Abbey, France

Live Colour, Clerkenwell Design Week, London, UK

Aglow, Milan Design Week, Piazza Belgioioso, Milan, Italy

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

2018

Colour Field, The Civic, Barnsley, UK 

Aglow, Dubai Design Week, Dubai Design District, Dubai, UAE

Aglow, Paris Fashion Week, Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris, France

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, St. Marks Church, London and Broadgate 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, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Manchester, UK

2013

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

2012

Chroma, BLANKSPACE Gallery, Manchester, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019   

Huetopia, Noho Studios, London, UK  

Abstract Allies, Zuleika Gallery, London, UK 

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

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

 

2015   

Light Fantastic, National Media Museum, Bradford, UK

Unnatural Pleasures, Radiant Gallery, Plymouth, UK

 

2013   

Synthesis, Victoria Warehouse Hotel part of 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

Collections, Residencies & Awards

 

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, UK 

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 

2019

Iri-Descent, Fortnum and Mason, London,UK ; Commissioned by London Design Festival 

Swathe, Browns East, London, UK ; Commissioned by Browns Fashion

ITV Ident (May 13 - 19); Commissioned by ITV Creative

2018

Aglow, Musée Nissim de Camondo in Paris, Dubai Design District in UAE and Piazza Belgioioso in Milan, Italy; Commissioned by Nemozena

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

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

2016

Sevenfold, Bury; Commissioned by The Met Theatre

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

2015

Through No.3, Spinningfields, Manchester, UK; Commissioned by Castlefield Gallery and Allied London 

An Additive Mix, Light Fantastic Exhibition, National Media Museum, Bradford, UK; Commissioned by Science Museum Londo

Talks

2019

Istanbul Light, Turkey, 20 September

Clerkenwell Design Week, London, 23 May

Domus Clerkenwell, London, 21 May

Milan Design Week, Zona K, Milan, 9 April

Stockholm, Sweden, 12 February 

Battersea Power Station West, London, 16 January

2018

Science Museum Lates, London, 28 November 

The Civic, Barnsley, 27 October

Chester Cathedral, Chester, 27 February

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

2017

Lysets Dag, Oslo, Norway, 22 November

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

Lysets Dag 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

Publications

One Artist, One Material: Fifty-five makers on their medium, Frame Publishers

MIX Magazine, Issue 55, Autumn Winter 2020/21

Architectural Digest Middle East Magazine, February 2019

New Media Installation, Gingko Press, 2018

Lust for Light - Illuminated Works by Hannah Stouffer, Gingko Press, 2018

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/December 2016

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

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

Lumière: La lumière dans l'art contemporain by Céline Delavaux, Palette, 2015

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

Reunion: The Dallas Review, University of Texas, 2014

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

The Language of Mixed Media Sculpture by Jac Scott, The Crowood Press Ltd, 2014

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

The Title Art Prize (exhibition catalogue), 2011   

Woolgather Art Prize (exhibition catalogue), East Street Arts, 2011

Celeste Art Prize (exhibition catalogue), Zel Edizioni, 2010
Expectations New York/Berlin (exhibition catalogue), Zel Edizioni, 2010

36EXP. (exhibition catalogue), 2010

A Moving Exhibition (exhibition catalogue), 2010

Talent of the First Degree, Jack Mottram, The Herald, 15 June 2007

Education

2007

BA(Hons) Fine Art: Sculpture & Environmental Art, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland 

2004

Foundation Diploma, Leeds College of Art, Leeds, UK