Seb West is a St. Ives born artist who has spent over 25 years producing vivid, contemporary paintings of the Cornish landscape from his own unique perspective. Initially recognised for his painted linocut reliefs, Seb has since diversified across a wide range of media and styles. Since 2012 he has been creating mainly abstract and semi-abstract works which incorporate heavy textures and a variety of patinas including metallic paints and metal leaf.

Seb West was born in St. Ives in 1968, and his diverse, fresh and imaginative style stems from a love and intimate knowledge of his hometown, his Cornish heritage and a great love for the local countryside and sea. The rugged Cornish landscape and near Mediterranean light had a profound effect on him as a boy, and later would provide a lasting source of inspiration for his work.
On leaving school Seb was accepted at Falmouth School of Art where he studied graphic design, and illustration. It was here that he first started to experiment with different media. On leaving college he was chosen by the Association of Illustrators as one of the top 50 graduates in the country to show work at the New Blood exhibition off Tottenham Court Road.

Since then Seb’s work has diversified across a wide variety of techniques and styles with his latest work firmly rooted in the abstract.

Seb has had numerous exhibitions and commercial commissions from clients such as P&O Ferries, Thorn~EMI, ‘19’ magazine, Lloyds Bank, the Cornwall Tourist Board and CATA (Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions.) He has also had his work featured in several magazine articles including Vogue.


For Seb, his artwork is not about creating a purely visual representation; Seb’s love of Cornwall and his intimate knowledge of the area enable him to capture the essence of his surroundings from his own personal perspective, making his work intimate, vibrant and contemporary.

 

“I love the places where man has barely made a mark or where nature has reclaimed the terrain. I’m interested in the striations running through the rock, coincidence of line, the connectedness of things. Not just what you can see in front of you but what lies beneath and just beyond. I attempt to make sense of the soaring cliffs, blasted moors and bizarre rock formations by breaking the scene down into areas of colour, texture and patina to find an underlying geometry. My work owes more to design and sculpture than it does traditional landscape painting and my ultimate goal is to create a sense of the otherworldly nature of the Cornish landscape.”

 

Seb is a member of the St. Ives Society of artists.

 

Education

1985 - Graduated St. Ives Comprehensive. 8 ‘O’ Levels

1987 - Graduated Penwith Sixth Form. Two further ‘O’ Levels, ‘A’ Level Art, ‘A’ Level Maths

1987 - 1989 Falmouth School of Art and Design, BTEC Diploma Graphic Design

1989 - 1991 Falmouth School of Art and Design, BTEC Higher Diploma Illustration.

 

Exhibitions (Dates are approximate)

1992 – ‘New Blood’ Top 50 graduates exhibition, Association of Illustrators,  off Tottenham Court Road

1995 – ‘St. Ives Impressionists’ Campbell Gallery, Reagents Street London

2000 – ‘An Innocent Eye’ Mariners Gallery, St. Ives

2003 – ‘Granite and Gorse’ Mariners Gallery St. Ives (solo)

2004 -  Mariners Gallery St. Ives - with Mark Stoddart

2005 -  Cube 3 Gallery, Plymouth University

2005 – ‘Small Paintings’ Seb West Gallery St. Ives (solo)

2006 – ‘Small Paintings II’ Seb West Gallery St. Ives (solo)

2007 – ‘Directions’ Mariners Gallery St. Ives (solo)

2012 -  ‘Coast Lines’ Mariners Gallery St. Ives - with Glyn Macey

2014 -  ‘Driven to Abstraction’ Mariners Gallery St. Ives - with Glyn Macey

2017 -   Porthleven Lifeboat House - with Glyn Macey

20018 -  Mariners Gallery St. Ives - with Glyn Macey and Tom Leaper