Stephen West is an experienced artist, sculptor, lecturer, curator and writer working at Dolypebyll Montgomeryshire Wales UK. Born; 1952 Henley-on-Thames UK. He is a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy.
Trained as a painter at Reading College of Art, St Martins School of Art London and Royal College of Art, he has also been a fine art lecturer, gallery education officer, exhibition curator and public art commissioner. He has been a regular exhibiting artist, sculptor and painter, with several one-person shows and group shows such as 56 Group, Royal Cambrian Academy, National Eisteddfodiau of Wales, Jerwood Drawing prize, Hunting/Observer prize exhibitions, Spectator/Adam prize exhibitions etc.
He was Director Creative Development for Safle, the public arts organisation for Wales, from 2007 to 2008 and previously Co-Director for Cywaith Cymru Artworks Wales and Head of the Artist-in-Residency Programme.
As an artist he explores the dynamics of mark-making, vision and narrative with paint, charcoal, ink, chisel or by hand in clay or wax. He responds to the world as seen and in response to the challenges and occurrences of life.
His work has been shown regularly in major galleries in Wales, in various National Eisteddfod Lle Gelf exhibitions and has been shortlisted for many UK prizes and competitions. He has worked in the mediums of painting, sculpture, print and drawing. For this new installation at Mission Gallery in Swansea, Stephen’s large-scale drawings are installed to create a sequence of dramatic images, each a narrative but without telling a story.