Ken West, "14 Trees," 2004, oil on canvas, 48" x 48", half of a diptych.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Shades of Light, Sept 22-Oct 17, 2004, Art Works Gallery, Vancouver
By Beverly Cramp
Ken West straddles several styles when he paints. “I’m representational in that my subject matter is recognizable but it veers into the impressionistic or sometimes surreal,” he says. “I find that the two elements are usually working at the same time.” More than style, light and composition fascinate West. “For me, light is everything,” he says. “It’s about light and dark. It gives me the depth and contrast I strive for in my work.” The over-riding concern with light is evident in his new solo show called Shades of Light. While landscapes predominate, there are still life pictures too. Often, West incorporates a representation of one of his past landscapes in the still life. Born and raised in Vancouver, West usually paints in oils although he has worked with watercolours and pastels. He attended the Vancouver School of Art in the 1960s and in the early ‘70s was involved in the Fine Arts program at Langara College.
Represented by: Art Works Gallery, Vancouver, BC.