October - November 2015
This exhibition of new works by Dave West is a selection taken from a series of paintings completed on location during the past three years. These postcard-sized paintings are a result of the practice of painting ‘Plein Air’, a project initially undertaken with no planned outcome; just the practice of painting for it’s own sake. This series now numbers over a hundred and fifty pieces, with paintings from locations as diverse as the artist’s garden shed, through travels in the Mediterranean and Wales, to a number of paintings resulting from a month long residency in the Loughshinny boathouse (courtesy of Fingal Arts Office). The most interesting aspect of this project has been to see what the day and location offer and to find some visual expression or language for that moment where the weather, location and the artist meet. It is a practice of committing oneself to the act of painting and finding something in the most unassuming of locations and the most inclement weather.