Liz West

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Leeds College of Art Artists’ Book CollectionLeeds, England
Glasgow School of ArtGlasgow, England
Wiseman GalleyOxford

- 1985


Manchester, England

- 1985

Arbeitsorte / Ateliers

Manchester, England


Artist Statement 

Liz West creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. Working across a variety of mediums, West aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer through her works. She is interested in exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply entrenched relationships to colour. West's investigation into the relationship between colour and light is often realised through an engagement between materiality and a given site. 

Within physical and architectural space, West uses light as a material that radiates outside of its boundaries and containers. She playfully refracts light through using translucent, transparent or reflective materials, directing the flow of artificial light. Our understanding of colour can only be realised through the presence of light. By playing and adjusting colour, West brings out the intensity and composition of her spatial arrangements. These ephemeral interventions forge new spaces and environments, from flooding a physical site with a rich mixture of light to using colour to disrupt the white flatness of paper.




2015    RBS Bursary Award 2015, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London

             Best Light Art Installation, Darc Awards, London, UK (finalist)

2013    Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts, Research and Development Grant

2012    Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts, Individual Award

2011    The Title Art Prize, Manchester, UK (shortlisted)

             Woolgather Art Prize, Leeds, UK (shortlisted)

2010    Celeste International Art Prize, New York, USA (shortlisted)

             Northern Futures Awards, Barnsley, UK(winner People’s Choice Award)

             The National Open Art Competition, Chichester, UK (shortlisted)

             The London Photography Award, London, UK (shortlisted)

Group exhibitions


2016   An Additive Mix at Visual Art Week Mexico, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City forthcoming   

2015   Light Fantastic, National Media Museum, Bradford, UK

             Your Colour Perception at Manchester Science Festival, Salford University, Salford, UK

             Your Colour Perception at Light Night Leeds, The Crypt in Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, UK

             Soho Fluorescent Arts Festival (curated by Allenheads Contemporary Arts), 01Zero-One, London,    

             No Grey Areas, Ha Ha Gallery, Southampton, UK

             Unnatural Pleasures, Radiant Gallery, Plymouth, UK

2014    Light Night Leeds, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK

2013    Synthesis, Victoria Warehouse Hotel (part of Manchester Science Festival), Manchester, UK

             Four (awarded commission), Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK

2012    Beyond the Material World, Bar Lane Gallery, York, UK 

             World Event Young Artists, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, UK                             

             Still Here, Untitled BCN, Barcelona, Spain

             Inside, BLANKSPACE Gallery, Manchester, UK

             Fixation, Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool, UK

2011    The Tomorrow People, Elevator Gallery, London, UK         

              At Play 3, South Hill Park, Bracknell, UK                           

              Colour, Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK

2010    Expectations, The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, New York, USA

             CUBE Open, Centre for the Urban Built Environment, Manchester, UK

             Ambience of Play, Greenroom, Manchester, UK

             Deptford X, Core Gallery, London, UK

             Collagerie, Stew Gallery, Norwich, UK


Solo exhibitions 


2016   Our Colour Reflection, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthrope, UK Forthcoming

2015   Zenith Blue + Primary Red, ARCADECARDIFF, Cardiff, UK 

             The Light Room - Your Colour Perception, The Willis Museum, Basingstoke, UK

             Colour Collect, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, Bury, UK

             Coloured Interval, Ordsall Hall, Salford, UK

             Through, &model, Leeds, UK

             Your Colour Perception, Federation House, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Manchester, UK

2014    In the Window: Assaulting the Asphalt, Airspace Gallery, Stoke-On-Trent, UK

             An Additive Mixture, Gallery333, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK

             Sculpture Series, Mark Devereux Projects/Quays Culture, The Studios at MediaCityUK, Salford, UK

2013    On Brown & Violet Grounds, Piccadilly Place/Rogue Artists’ Studios, Manchester, UK

2012    Chroma, BLANKSPACE Gallery, Manchester, UK

An Additive Mix (dt.: Ein additiver Mix) photo An Additive Mix (dt.: Ein additiver Mix) 2015 Liz West 
Complementary Afterimage (dt.: ergänzender Hintergrund) photo Complementary Afterimage (dt.: ergänzender Hintergrund) 2015 Liz West