Alice West

Alice West

About

Born in Dubai (1996), I spent my childhood being raised between East Midlands of England, Dubai and then Christchurch, New Zealand. Traveling from city to city in New Zealand, I spent 2 years at Auckland University Elam School of Fine Arts. Now living and working in the Hague, the Netherlands, I also study at the Royal academy of the Hague, to obtain my Bachelors in Fine Arts.


I am a multi-media artist working across canvas, ceramic, paper and textile. Painting, being my first love can be seen in all media of my work as everything is decorated with a painterly style. Pattern is an intrinsic part of the works, as intricate and repetitive images which are able to expand exponentially, with the aimed effect of organised chaos. I am always interested in playing with colour to create shocking or uncomfortable combinations. While everything in my studio tends to have a hand done-ness, every step in the making process has been considered and a certain level of control is maintained. 


The world we find ourselves in now is incredibly complex, there are contradictions and contrasts wherever you look, for example; the internet simultaneously connects people while making them feel isolated in their problems, at the same time telling them that they are not and everyone feels lonely. As well as the overwhelming bombardment of media, information and of things to care, no, to worry about – a good yoga routine, eating ancient grains, answering endless emails, global warning, mental health, rigged elections, fake news, 24 hour news coverage and on and on and on. This leads to a generation of anxious and depressed people, myself not being exempt from this. However there are amazing parts of living in this time also, you can pull 14 different flavours of frozen yoghurt out of the wall in a store, one can change the light scheme in the room with the click of a button on their phone and you can collaborate with artists on the other side of the world. It is the balance of the gruesome and amazing that I wish to capture in her work. 


My love of portraits is deep. I love how you can connect to a painting so immediately through a portrait, it’s like reading a whole story of a person by just looking at a painting. Skin and bodies and phycology and the way in which we present ourselves to the world are fascinating so creating these elements on a canvas is just magic to me. I find the experience of painting a portrait very intimate; it feels like spending a lot of time that person. During the painting process I tend to spend of it going through my memories of that person, thinking about our relationship and trying to analyse what has made the person who they are, how they identify with the wider world. Due to this, I mostly paint portraits of people I am close to, people who typically I am missing at the time. I draw from photos I take, my camera is often on me to snap portraits of my loved ones (these is what I think of as my ‘selfish art’). Drawing from my own photo is integral to the process, I want to create the image from start to finish, for it to be my translation of that person to canvas. Portraiture, for me, is not about creating an accurate looking portrait, I tend to let my hands search for the persons form while still allowing them freedom to enjoy the creating process. This is very important as the portrait is my representation of them, it is my aim to translate their presence into a painting, not recreate the photo.


I believe art needs to be democratised for the people. It is of upmost importance to me that my work is interesting and welcoming to those inside and outside of the art sphere. Very aware of how art spaces can be intimidating for many I aim create work which is relatable and recognisable to all, attempting to combine inspirations from the every day, relatable scenarios, fashion, advertising etc.. This is not only so that galleries can feel more approachable but also so non-art people are interested in living domestically with art which inspires them.


Exhibitions

Cinema as a Dream The Eye Group 2019


Bubble Gum The Hague Group 2019


Deep Fried Paintings KABK Group 2019


The  ‘Love’ Exhibition The National Theatre Group 2019


A Finger in Every Pie Jupiterkade 2 Group 2020

Contact

alicewestart@gmail.com


Most of the works seen on the website are available to purchase so please feel free to contact me about that or commissions!