Liz West


A Subjective Mixture, 2018

Marker pen on paper

110 x 75 cm



20% will be donated to the NHS

After taking the Farnsworth Munsell 100 Hue Colour Vision Test (the standard test for superior shade discretion) and achieving superior colour vision, the artist took new ideas and long-term ambitions inspired by Josef Albers 1963 book, Interaction of Colour, to the drawing board and, after taking colour samples, took five pens at a time in her hand and ‘drew’ coloured dots on white paper. Testing build ups of different combinations of colours, West eventually hit on the colour she had in mind – a true grey, only determinable from distance. Seeing the artwork up close, the viewer will be able to identify the minuscule spots of colours, while the artwork will appear totally grey is seen from a distance of a few meters. This work formed the bases for West’s monumental installation A Subjective Mix exhibited at The Cotton Exchange in Blackburn.

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

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, 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 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 in Milan, Dubai, Paris, Berlin and New York. Permanent works are sited in London, Manchester and Bury.

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