Paintings
  • Sunset, Godney
  • Winter Seascape
  • Towards Kennard Moor
  • Godney, early evening
  • Towards Steep Holme, early evening
  • Hvar Island from Brac, Croatia
  • Sunset Over Godney
  • Early Spring floods on the Levels
  • Early Evening, Godney
  • Sand Bay, early evening

Matthew West
I live and work in Somerset. I have long been inspired by the countryside, in particular the Levels. My work over the last three years has been influenced by the landscape. I have in the main chosen to use charcoal as a basis for my work overlaid with different media such as acrylic paint, pastel  and graphite powder. I feel that this is sympathetic with the subject matter, allowing me to interpret the change of light and dark. I strongly believe the freshness of the landscape has a vitality that brings new qualities to my work all the time.

Some might think that a landscape that is predominantly flat can be dull and featureless but I feel that the more I draw it I am getting nearer to the essence of the land, establishing a greater understanding of its changes as the seasons pass. I was born in London in 1974. Although I spent the early part of my life in London I have always felt drawn to the Somerset Levels, visiting them many times as a child. I can still remember sketching donkeys on the Levels where my grandparents lived and feeling a strong connection with the land.

I studied art for four years, starting with a pre-foundation course in London, and then moving to Wimbledon School of Art 1993-4; Sunderland University 1994-5; Kent Institute of Art and Design 1995-6.

After leaving college I  continued with my artwork, participating in a number of courses both in London and in Somerset.

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