Liz West



West’s practice evolves from a response to the psychology of space and colour, utilising the two in a way that is deeply rooted in colour theory. Working on a scale and intensity that impacts upon the gallery space, her work specifically relates to the desire to gather and assemble; making subtle or intriguing forms matched by a painter’s sensibility in the use of colour and light. 

Drawing her subject matter from domestic environments, West makes use of everyday materials; industrial left overs, plastic, recycled detritus and lighting elements, both found and fabricated. She transforms these elements into new sculptural forms, giving them an alternative function. 

Her installations are usually site-specific, using existing architecture as inspiration. West’s palette is the range of hue available in the products of industrial manufacture, theatrically illuminated and intensified by the strength of artificial light. Emitting a coloured glow, through artifice and illusion a visual experience is created. West builds sensory environments that are discoverable by the viewer, sometimes only by a chance encounter. 

West allows herself to work liberally and outside the confines of a single medium or dimension. Her installations reinvent the space into a dramatic interaction of colours, shapes and forms, challenging the viewer’s perceptions and creating an elaborate, otherworldly experience.   


Image Credit: Stephen Iles



2007BA(Hons) Fine Art: Sculpture & Environmental Art, The Glasgow School of Art
2004Foundation Diploma, Leeds College of Art

Liz West (b.1985) graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2007, with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art: Sculpture and Environmental Art. Since then she has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally.

Selected group exhibitions include: Stew Gallery, Norwich (2010), Core Gallery, London (2010),The Minerva Gallery, Chichester (2010),The Invisible Dog, New York, (2010), Elevator Gallery, London (2011), Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool (2012),Wiseman Gallery, Oregon (2012), Untitled BCN, Barcelona (2012) and Cornerhouse, Manchester (2013).

In 2010 West was shortlisted for the Celeste Prize, New York, London Photography Award, London and commissioned to create a new site-specific work for Northern Futures awards, Barnsley. In 2011 she was shortlisted for the Woolgather Art Prize, Leeds and The Title Art Prize, Manchester. In 2012 and 2013 she was awarded Grants for the Arts funding by Arts Council England. West currently lives and works in Manchester.

Exhibition History

2014Beyond Space: Woodland Arts Trail - Kendal Calling Festival Commission, Kendal
2014PUTT PUTT #2 - Turf Projects, Croydon
2014Vanishing Boundaries - Quays Culture Sculpture Series & Future City Festival, MediaCityUK, Salford
2014An Additive Mixture - Gallery 333, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
2013Synthesis - Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
2013An Additive Mixture - Bury Light Night, Bury
2013On Brown & Violet Grounds - Piccadilly Place (Solo Exhibition)
2013Consumed - Barnaby Festival Commission, Macclesfield
2013Four - Cornerhouse, Manchester
2012The Div/sion of Power - Didsbury Parsonage, Manchester
2012Beyond the Material World - Bar Lane Gallery, York
2012World Event Young Artists - Bonington Gallery, Nottingham
2012Games People Play - Nolias Gallery, London
2012Chroma - BLANKSPACE, Manchester (Solo Exhibition)
2012Still Here - Untitled BCN, Barcelona, Spain
2012Inside - BLANKSPACE, Manchester
2012Spectrum - Broadstone Mill Gallery, Stockport
2012Where do We Go from Here - Wiseman Gallery, Oregon, USA
2012Fixation - Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool
2012Kitsch - Broadwalk Arts, Bristol
2011The Title Art Prize - BLANKSPACE, Manchester
2011The Tomorrow People - Elevator Gallery, London
2011Woolgather Art Prize - 31 Bond Street, Leeds
2011At Play 3 - South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell
2011Colour - Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, London
2010Celeste Art Prize - The Invisible Dog, New York
2010Expectations - The Invisible Dog, New York
2010Cube Open - Centre for the Urban Built Environment, Manchester
2010National Open Art Competition - The Minerva Gallery, Chichester
2010The Ambience of Play - Greenroom, Manchester
201036EXP. - EASA Gallery, Manchester
2010Deptford X - Core Gallery, London
2010All is Not Lost? - Annex21, Worcester
2010London Photography Award - Bedfordbury Gallery, London
2010Northern Futures Award - The Civic, Barnsley
2010Collagerie - Stew Gallery, Norwich
2010A Moving Exhibition - AVA Gallery, London
2009Drift - Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
2009Conspicuous Consumption - Montgomery's Cafe, Glasgow
2007RSA Student Exhibition - Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2005Urgent - 54 Bell Street, Glasgow