Liz West is represented by MTArt Agency and is best known for her wide-ranging works, from the intimate to the monumental. Using a variety of materials and exploring the use of light, she blurs the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, design and painting to create works that are both playful and immersive. Within physical and architectural space, West uses colour and light as a material that radiates outside of its boundaries and containers. She playfully refracts light by using translucent, transparent or reflective materials, directing the flow of natural and 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, by flooding a physical site with a rich mixture of light and colour. West has been commissioned worldwide by institutions and organisations including Natural History Museum, London Design Festival, Paris Fashion Week, Milan Design Week, National Trust, National Science and Media Museum, Dubai Design Week, Natural England, Allied London, Grosvenor, British Land, Salford University, Fortnum & Mason, Allenheads Contemporary Arts and Bristol Biennial. West’s work has been included in exhibitions at St Albans Museum + Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, Chester Cathedral, Compton Verney, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Cornerhouse, Brunel University, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, UK.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
‘Hymn to the Big Wheel (Lumiere)’, Ushaw Historic House & Gardens, Durham, UK.
‘Presence’, Christ Church (Barnaby Festival), Macclesfield, UK.
‘In Physical Reality’, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland.
‘Through No.3’, Duke of York Square (Kensington + Chelsea Art Week), London, UK.
‘Colour-ways: Light works by Liz West’, The Wilson, Cheltenham, UK.
‘Our Colour Reflection’, Bangalore International Centre (Bengaluru By Design), Bangalore, India.
‘Dans la Lumière’, Beaulieu-en-Rouergue Abbey, France.
‘Live Colour’, Clerkenwell Design Week, London, UK.
‘Aglow’, Piazza Belgioioso, Milan, Italy.
‘Our Colour Reflection’, St Albans Museum + Gallery, St Albans, UK.
‘Colour Field’, The Civic, Barnsley, UK.
‘Aglow’, Dubai Design District, Dubai, UAE.
‘Aglow’, Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris, France.
‘Our Colour Reflection’, Chester Cathedral, Chester, UK.
‘Autumn Lights’, Little Moreton Hall, National Trust, Cheshire, UK.
‘Our Colour’, Pithay Studios, Bristol Biennial, Bristol, UK.
‘Solstice Ritual’, Penarth Pier Pavilion, Penarth, UK.
‘Our Colour Reflection’, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe; St. Marks Church London and Broadgate London, UK.
‘Zenith Blue + Primary Red’, ARCADECARDIFF, Cardiff, UK.
‘The Light Room – Your Colour Perception’, The Willis Museum, Basingstoke, uk.
‘Through’, &model, Leeds, UK.
‘Your Colour Perception’, Federation House, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Manchester, UK.
‘On Brown & Violet Grounds’, Piccadilly Place/Rogue Artists’ Studios, Manchester, UK.
‘Chroma’, BLANKSPACE Gallery, Manchester, UK.
Selected Group Exhibitions
‘Colors’, Tripostal, Lille, France.
‘The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition’, Online.
‘Luce’, Daniel Benjamin Gallery, London, UK.
‘Huetopia’, Noho Studios, London, UK.
‘Abstract Allies’, Zuleika Gallery, London, UK.
‘Colour Snap’, Art and Design Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, UK.
‘Perspective Playground’, Kraftwerk, Berlin, Germany.
‘Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception’, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK.
‘Drawing for Sculpture’, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, UK.
‘Winter Lights Festival’, Canary Wharf, London, UK.
‘Colour Wheel’, Vernon Street Gallery, Leeds Arts University, Leeds, UK.
Aesthetica Art Prize, York St Mary’s, York, UK.
Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award Exhibition, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London, UK.
‘Light Fantastic’, National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, UK.
‘Unnatural Pleasures’, Radiant Gallery, Plymouth, UK.
‘Synthesis’, Victoria Warehouse Hotel (part of Manchester Science Festival), Manchester, UK.
‘Four’, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK.
World Event Young Artists, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, UK.
‘Still Here’, Untitled BCN, Barcelona, Spain.
‘The Tomorrow People’, Elevator Gallery, London, UK.
‘At Play 3’, South Hill Park, Bracknell, UK.
‘Colour, Beldam Gallery’, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK.
The Title Art Prize, Manchester, UK (shortlisted).
Woolgather Art Prize, Leeds, UK (shortlisted).
‘Expectations’, The Invisible Dog, New York, US.
Deptford X, Core Gallery, London, UK.
Collagerie, Stew Gallery, Norwich, UK.
Celeste International Art Prize, New York, US.
Northern Futures Awards, Barnsley (winner People’s Choice Award), UK.
The National Open Art Competition, Chichester, UK.
Timepiece 02 , 2020Paper 21 x 29.7 cm
Through 05 , 2021Paper 29.7 x 21 cm
Vanishing Boundaries 03 , 2013Paper 21 x 29.7 cm
Colour Tunnel 01 , 2021Paper 29.7 x 21 cm
Vanishing Boundaries , 2013Paper 21 x 29.7 cm
Colour Tunnel 02 , 2021Paper 29.7 x 21 cm
Diagonal Lines 03 , 2021Paper 21 x 29.7 cm
Folded Screen 01 , 2021Paper 29.7 x 21 cm
Through 02 , 2015Paper 29.7 x 21 cm
Through No.3 , 2015Paper 29.7 x 21 cm
Complimentary Column , 2020Paper 29.7 x 21 cm
Autumn Lights , 2016Plywood, aluminum, acrylic and polyester film Dimensions variable
A Familiar Variant , 2020Steel, polycarbonate, paint, polyester film 300 x 300 x 240 cm
Aglow Triangle , 2018Paper 21 x 29.7 cm
Her Warm Reflection , 2023Mirrored acrylic 500 x 500 x 20 cm
Neon Plinth 2 , 2018Paper 29.7 x 21 cm
Spectral Dot Enclosure III , 2019Paper 21 x 29.7 cm
Our Spectral Vision , 2016Dichroic glass, LEDs and acrylic 700 x 220 x 40 cm
Colour Tunnel 03 , 2021Paper 29.7 x 21 cm
Folded Screen Spectral , 2021Paper 29.7 x 21 cm
Natural England 02 , 2015Paper 21 x 29.7 cm
Overlapping Circles , 2016Paper 21 x 29.7 cm
Timepiece 01 , 2020Paper 21 x 29.7 cm
Liz West, Our Melody Unwound, 2020, Installation for the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Liverpool City Centre, NHS.
Liz West, Colour Transfer, 2018, Artwork by Bridge British Land for Paddington Central’s Westway Bridge British Land.
Liz West, Iri-Descent, 2019, Installation exhibited at Fortnum & Mason, London as part of the London Design Festical in 2019 and Hyvinkää Art Museum in 2020-21.
Liz West, Our Colour Reflection, 2016 – 2020, Installation originally commissioned and exhibited at Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe.
Liz West, An Additive Mix, 2015, Installation for National Science and Media Museum, Bradford for an exhibition to celebrate the UNESCO International Year of Life.
Liz West, Your Colour Perception, 2015, Installation at Castlefield Gallery’s Art Spaces Federation House fourth floor in Manchester.
Liz West, Through No.3, 2015, Installation at Spinningfields, Manchester and later exhibited in Leeds Dock and Duke of York Square.
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