Overview

Russel West's works are composed of a multitude of media and supports, where colours, juxtapositions and forms combine for a lively and dynamic result.

West's intensely coloured, dripping paint artworks draw the eye into their three-dimensional labyrinths of layers and hollows, colours and patterns. West spends up to a year creating each work, repeatedly applying layers and strips of paint onto pieces of wire or nails, then allowing the work, in part, to be defined by the natural effects of gravity and the serendipitous movement of the paint. West's knowledge of paint- its weight and movement - is an understanding that could not be taught. He has personally developed this unique style over the last 25 years and there is no other artist to rival West's expertise in this ingenious creative technique.

 

Many of West's works are efforts to recreate the chaotic nature of human living conditions that he has witnessed, from the bomb-damaged houses of his childhood to the Kowloon walled city in Hong Kong, an unimaginably densely packed area that had grown to house fifty thousand people. Witnessing its demolition in 1993, the wreckers' ball revealed to West the complex honeycomb of ad-hoc structures, pipes and cabling within what he calls the "man nest".

Works
Biography

Russel West was born and raised in Portsmouth, UK, in 1964. He lives and works on the Isle of Wight. He practiced as a graphic artist until 1989 and then moved to South East Asia, spending many years working as an artist in Hong Kong - for more than 8 years - before living in the Philippines and India and finally returning to Britain.

SOLO & GROUP SHOWS

2019
AAF Hong Kong
Parallax Art Fair
London Art Fair
LA Art Show
Pop Art, Catto Gallery, London
Woolff Gallery, London

2018
Context Miami
AAF Hong Kong
Solo Exhibition Woolff Gallery, London
London Art Fair
AAF Battersea

2017
Context Miami
Art Central Hong Kong
Solo Exhibition Envie d’Art, Paris
Solo Exhibition Woolff Gallery, London

2017
Context Art Miami
Art Fair Cologne
LA Art Show
K+Y gallery, London
Woolff Gallery, London

2015
8eme Avenue, Paris
London Art Fair
Woolff Gallery, London

2014
Art Southampton
Art Wynwood
Art Miami
Woolff Gallery, London

2013
Art Southampton
Art Wynwood
Art Miami
Scope NY
Art Palm Beach
Straarta
Houston Fine Art Fair
Woolff Gallery, London

2012
Art Miami
Toronto International Art Fair
Woolff Gallery, London


2011

Art Miami

Toronto International Art Fair

Woolff Gallery, London

 

2010

Art Hamptons

Art Chicago

Woolff Gallery, London

 

2009

Art Chicago

AAF NYC

Woolff Gallery, London

 

2008

AAF Amsterdam

Art London

London Art Fair

 

2007

AAF Amsterdam

Art London

AAF Battersea

Margarate, David Lilford Fine Art

 

2006

Art Ireland Automn

Margarate, David Lilford Fine Art

 

2005

Edimburgh Art Fair

Margate Rocks Arts Festival

Margarate, David Lilford Fine Art

Whitstabble, sMOOch gallery

Brussels, Eurasia gallery

 

2004

London, Zizi gallery

 

2002

London, Vertigo gallery

 

2001

East 73rd gallery

 

2000

London, Clapham Art Centre

 

1998

London, Bruton Street gallery

 

1996

Tenri Biennale, Japan Tour

 

1992

FCC Hong Kong

 

1991

Hong Kong, Fringe gallery

 

 

COLLECTIONS

Mandarin Oriental Hotel group, Hong Kong
Sun Hung Kai property group, Hong Kong Manhattan Group, Hong Kong
Railway Arms, London
Earl’s Court Car Show, London
China Jazz, London
Red snapper book shop, London
Margate Rocks Contemporary Arts festival, UK