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OVERVIEW

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.

BIOGRAPHY

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)

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

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