VICKY WEST

VICKY WEST

DISS, EAST ANGLIA, United Kingdom

About VICKY WEST

I am a painter and draftsperson who is inspired by the movement and structure of animals. To draw an animal from life is to snatch a moment before the creature moves elsewhere. I study the anatomy of the animal to work out where it may shift to next or may have moved from. My challenge is to find the tension of a fleeting moment. We don’t know what’s going to happen next, but it will happen.

Weight and balance and our attempts to not fall over play an important part in my work. An unbalanced creature is a vulnerable one, and the fact that anything can stand or move at all really is extraordinary, and something most of us take for granted.

I have been a finalist in the BBC’s Wildlife Artist of the Year in both the 2011 and 2012. 
A graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art in Dundee and Central St Martin’s in London, I have a series of awards to my name.  My studies in Dundee focused heavily on the basics of drawing and painting, and despite tentative moves into conceptual work, I graduated as a figurative painter.  Almost immediately after graduating, I was drawn towards film-making and animation in particular. 
In 1995 I completed a short film which was screened both nationally and internationally, supported by both the British Council and the Scottish Film Council.  I studied Character Animation at Central St Martin’s before working in the animation industry as a clean-up artist and animator specializing in 4-legged movement.

Education

1998 Central St Martin’s, London School of Animation; PG certificate in character animation (2-D
1990 Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art, Dundee BA (Hons, Fine Art Drawing and Painting
1986 Oxford Poly Drawing module
1985 Banbury School of Art Foundation course in Art and Design

Events

2012 Cork St Open finalist
BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year finalist
2011 BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year finalist
1998 Central St Martin’s, London Animation School Best Questions prize
1993/95 Eastern Arts funding to make The End of The Line
1995 British Council Travel grant
Scottish Film Council Travel award
British Council promotion and distribution of ‘The End of The Line’

Exhibitions

2014 Castle Museum Norwich, Norfolk,
Dogs in Art, Stockbridge
The Bank, Eye, Suffolk
2013 Mandell's Gallery, Norwich
Wiveton Café, Holt, Norfolk
Norfolk Open Studios 2013
2012 Norwich Playhouse, Norfok
Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh White Spirit Arts,
Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings White Spirit Arts,
Cork Street Gallery, Cork St Open, London
Wingfield Barns,Suffolk Life Lines,
Gordale Gallery, The Wirral; National Exhibition of Wildlife Art,
Cinema Gallery, Aldeburgh ;White Spirit Arts group show,
Marwell Hotel, Hampshire;Finalist for BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012
Caroline Wiseman, Aldeburgh Lookout /White Spirit Arts
Ispwich Town Hall Galleries, Suffolk, White Spirit Arts
2011 Open Studios, Muspole Workshops, Norwich
Caroline Wiseman; Aldeburgh Lookout; solo show
Marwell Hotel, Hampshire; Finalist for BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2011
Norfolk Open Studios
2010 Open Studios Muspole Workshops