Don West

Don West

Tucson, AZ, United States

About Don West

I am a Tucson painter whose work is continually evolving, moving between styles, approaches and mediums. My background in theater arts informs my work and process. Essentially, my paintings are about line, color, surface, composition, texture, space, place and beauty. Process, incident and intuition sustain me. I replace the figure or the subject with a brush mark or a series of brush marks, creating something tangible, timeless and universal. I may do this in any medium, using found objects or constructions, directly or through resist materials. Among things like subject or style, my work is about feeling, the art and the act of painting, itself. Mine is also free ranging, sometimes gestural, sometimes genre-crossing work about light, energy, mark making, relationship and the landscape of illusion.
I was born in Murray, Kentucky in 1946 but grew up in Detroit, Michigan. When I first saw the Van Gogh self portrait at the Detroit Institute of Art on a grade school field trip, I knew I’d become a painter. Drawing and painting since childhood, I studied painting as a post-graduate at the University of Arizona with Bruce McGrew, Charles Hall, and Philip Melton and at the Tucson Museum of Art School with Monica Jost and James Christopher Larsen. I also studied Scientific Illustration with Don Saynor at the U of A. Most recently, I studied oil painting with Alyssa Monks at the New York Academy of Art in 2011. I have shown work in galleries and museums across the country including Detroit, Chicago, Santa Fe and San Diego. I undertook painting seriously at the age of thirty in 1977 and have won a number of awards and honors. (Don West Fine Art Blog.com)
See my interview in the Sonoran Arts Network (www.SonoranArtsNetwork.net)

Education

B.A. Michigan State University - Theater, minors: Art History, Painting 1969
Wayne State University - Hilberry Classic Repertory Theater Company 1970
M.F.A. The Ohio University - Theater Direction, Poetry 1973
Post-graduate Education:
Scientific Illustration U of A 1986 Painting TMA Art School 82-83
Studio Drawing TMA art school 1980 Drawing and Painting U of A 1979
Oil Painting with Alyssa Monks, New York Academy of Art 2011

Events

Regent Seven Seas Explorer - The Compass Rose Paintings World Tour

These eight paintings were commissioned by the CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruise Line for the ship - Explorer - the newest and most luxurious cruise liner in the world. It will begin it's maiden voyage on August 3rd 2016 from Rome to Venice.

Exhibitions

2018
Tucson Museum of Art - one man plein air show
Four Corners Gallery 'Light and Shadow' Plein Air Show
Davis Dominguez Small Works Invitational

2017
Davis Dominguez Gallery Tucson AZ "Small Works
Invitational"
2016
Davis Dominguez Gallery Tucson AZ Three-Person Show (Nov 4 - December 10)
Acosta Strong Gallery Santa Fe Group Show - Small Oil Landscapes
Davis Dominguez Gallery Tucson AZ "Small Works Invitational"
2015
Davis Dominguez Gallery Tucson AZ "Small Works Invitational" (May-June)
2014
Davis Dominguez Gallery Tucson AZ “Small Works Invitational” (May-June)
2013
Don West 35 Year Retrospective, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ. (May-June)
2013
Arizona Aqueous XXVII Tubac AZ Best of Show Award for “Antares” (Jan-Feb 2013) Obsidian Gallery Group show new work
2012
Davis Dominguez Gallery Tucson AZ “Small Works Invitational” (May-June)
Etherton Gallery - Temple of Music and Art Tucson AZ Juried Invitational “RED” (April-May)
Obsidian Gallery Tucson AZ Group show new work (April – June)
2011
Obsidian 128 Fine Art Gallery Tucson AZ Group show new work (March-Present)
2010 Obsidian 128 Fine Art Gallery Tucson AZ featured painter (March-Present) Solo Show (Oct-Nov 2010)
2009
Contemporary Forum Art Auction – Phoenix Art Museum (Feb 2009) Costello-Childs Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Scottsdale AZ three-man show (Nov- Dec 2009)
Costello-Childs Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Scottsdale AZ “Grand Opening” (Nov-2008)
Dove Mountain Project “The Edge at Canyon Pass” Marana AZ curated by Lauren Rabb/Director the Gallery at 6th and 6th Tucson AZ (summer 2008 – spring 2009)
2008
Hernandez Contemporary Scottsdale, AZ "Heaven and Earth" Scottsdale, AZ (Feb 2008) Note: Grogan Gallery and Hernandez Contemporary closed in 2008 due to the Economy.
2007
Grogan Gallery of Fine Art Tucson, AZ "enCircle 2007"
Hernandez Contemporary Scottsdale, AZ Group exhibitions
Grogan Gallery of Fine Art Tucson AZ Thirty-Year Retrospective “An American Outsider” published (Nov-Dec 2007)
2006
Grogan Gallery of Fine Art Tucson AZ Grand Opening “Progression” the 5 Artists Show (Oct 2006)
Hernández Contemporary Fine Art Scottsdale AZ “Grand Opening” (Nov 2006)
Davis Dominguez Gallery 30th Anniversary Retrospective “Ferryman” (12/06/061/ 13/07)
2005
Tucson Museum of Art Arizona Biennial Siri Engberg, Juror “Scarlet Crepe Myrtle” Bentley Projects Phoenix AZ Grand Opening (Feb 2005)
Davis Dominguez Gallery 13th Small Works Invitational “Fairy Duster” (May-July 2005)
Liz Hernández Gallery Tucson AZ “Return of the Muse” (Nov 2005)
2004
Howard Pitluk Open House “Salon of Art” curated by Liz Hernandez (Feb 2004)
Liz Hernández Gallery “New Works” one-man show (May 2004)
Galleri Urbane Silver City NM group show (May 2004)
Bentley Projects Phoenix AZ “New to the Gallery Show” (Oct 2004)
Liz Hernández Gallery “Parallel Worlds” group show (Oct 2004)
2003
Marshall Arts Gallery Scottsdale AZ “Objects & Abstractions” (Jan 2003)
Liz Hernández Gallery Tucson AZ Grand Opening (Oct 2003)
Gallery Materia Scottsdale AZ “New Paintings” (Oct-Nov 2003)
2002
Marshall Arts Gallery Scottsdale AZ group show (Sept 2002)
2000
Elizabeth Cherry Contemporary Art Tucson AZ “Christmas Invitational” (Dec 2000)
1999
DC/Harris Gallery Tucson AZ “Historical Improvisations” (2/13-3/13/99) Hacienda Del Sol Tucson AZ “Intimate Landscapes” (Dec 1999)
Tucson Museum of Art Arizona Biennial Louis Grachos, Juror “Koan #8” Lohse Family YMCA & Tucson Pima Arts Council “Koan #2” (June-Dec 1999)
1998
San Diego Art Institute International Juried Show “Storm over Socorro” Honorable Mention (Nov 1998)
1997
Studio – 3rd Street Opening “Improvisation Series” (March 1997)
1996
Davis Dominguez 4th Annual Small Works Invitational “Ventana” (June-July)
Mural Commissions for Cactus Quail B & B Catalina AZ Two rooms: “The Pueblo” & “The Hacienda” encompassing all four walls and the ceiling of each room (June-Aug 1996)
San Diego Art Institute International Juried Show (Sept
1995