Seb West is a St. Ives 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.


portrait of St. Ives artist Seb West


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.


Seb is a member of the St. Ives Society of artists and an associate member of the Penwith Society.



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