Ashley West was born in 1953 in Kettering, Northamptonshire, and graduated in Fine Art at Leicester Polytechnic in 1978. In 2007 he was awarded an MA with Distinction from Wimbledon School of Art. He lives and has a studio in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. Early work was influenced by the automatism and lyricism of painters such as Alan Davie, Graham Sutherland and Peter Lanyon, while at Leicester he became interested in the colour fields and grids employed in the more constructivist and minimalist approaches of Mondrian, Barnett Newman and Agnes Martin. Between 1995 and 2005 his work explored the relationship between these two processes - the automatic, and the measured, and he acknowledges Richard Diebenkorn as the most profound influence on his work during this period. Recent work reflects an interest non-rectilinear compositions incorporating curvilinear and elliptical forms.
1953 Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire.
1972-73 Completed a Foundation Course in Art at Kettering Technical College.
1975-78 Studied Fine Art at Leicester Polytechnic.
1987 Moved to Hertfordshire.
1987-88 Completed a Post Graduate Course in Education.
1988 Began teaching at Queen Elizabeth’s Boys’ School in Barnet.
Became Head of Art and Design.
1995 Artist in Residence, Slade School of Fine Art Summer School.
2005-07 MA with Distinction in Fine Art (Painting) at Wimbledon School of Art.
ONE MAN EXHIBITIONS
1979 Alfred East Art Gallery, Kettering
1994 Queen Elizabeth's Gallery, Barnet
1994 St Austell Arts Centre
1995 Slade School of Fine Art, London
1995 Salthouse Gallery, St Ives
1996 Malvern Arts Workshop
1997 Queen Elizabeth's Gallery, Barnet
1998 Leonardo Centre, Uppingham School
2003 Salthouse Gallery, St Ives
2009 Queen Elizabeth's Gallery, Barnet
TWO PERSON SHOWS
2010 Gallery 242, Shoreditch, London (with Stephen Buckeridge)
1978 Leicester Polytechnic Degree show
1990 Jersey Arts Centre Open
2004 Plumbline Gallery, St.Ives
Gallery@One0Two, Shoreditch, London (three person show)
2005 'Showcase 2005', Gallery@One0Two, Shoreditch, London
Hunting Art Prize Exhibition, Royal College of Art
2006 'Working Drawings' Centre for Research into Drawing, Wimbledon School of Art
'Base', Trinity Buoy Wharf, Docklands, London
Deutsche Postbank, London
Celeste Art Prize, Truman's Brewery, London
2007 'Currents', Trinity Buoy Wharf, Docklands, London
Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London
Sherborne Open, Dorset
Wimbledon College of Art, MA Show