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Our fourth artist being featured in our Open to Art series is Dave West who is now residing in Balbriggan. Dave exhibited in our Easter Snow Gallery in 2015. Dave’s practice comfortably crosses several art forms and he is equally at home working in pencil, charcoal, pastel and oil paint. His paintings cover a broad range from meticulous still life paintings, loose expressive pastel drawings to charcoal and Plein Air (outdoor) painting. Dave is passionate about ‘Plein Air’ painting which involves working (in all weathers) and won the Gold Mayoral Award at the ‘Art in the Open’ international plein-air painting festival in 2017. He is a regular exhibitor with Ireland and Britain’s most prestigious societies and institutions including:

Royal West of England Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Ulster Academy, Dublin Painting & Sketching Club, Pastel Society of Ireland and The Pastel Society (UK) at which he won the 2013 Schminke Award.

The first four images are some of his recent work and the last four are from a 10 day challenge he took, to paint a painting a day during the present “lockdown”.