Specialising in collating a number of subjects and ideas fused into a personal montage to tell a unique and powerful visual story, his paintings are owned by many famous names, companies and institutions. An impressionistic type style – developed over thirty years – that bounces between realism and partial abstraction with sort of fauvist-like, though softer use of primary colours. Fleeting moments captured sometimes with an effect so suited to the catching of athletic action. This can be seen to good effect through a range of subject matter and themes including music icons and figurative/abstract imagery, such as in his action-study portraiture collections and famous player action montages.
Brian West began painting at in oils at an early age later attending Mansfield College of Art. In his professional career West has specialised in sporting imagery, seeking to portray the drama, colour and spectacle of the sporting world. He has exhibited widely with great success and has been commissioned by many famous names from the world of sport, including Gary Lineker OBE, Peter Shilton MBE.OBE, Gordon Strachan OBE Sir Alex Ferguson CBE, Sir Jack Haywood, David Gower OBE and many others; as well as painting commissions for sporting institutions such as The Football Association, The Sports Council, Wembley Stadium plc, The British Olympic Sailing Team and various football, cricket and rugby clubs.
Brian is a very active artist and I’m sure there will be a lot of interest in his work in the future.