The Chimera Gallery


Dave West was born in Penclawdd, South Wales and raised in Swansea City.  He studied at the Carmarthenshire College of Art & Design and is now settled in Balbriggan, North County Dublin.

Dave is a figurative Artist and his current work is primarily concerned with relationships between landscape, light and mood – His aim is to give a poetic voice to everyday, mundane places – often seen through the muted half-lights of dawn and dusk or the neon glow of streetlamps.

Much of the subject matter deals with the urban and contemporary. – the overlooked structures and detritus of modern society. These range from electricity substations and refuse bins to children’s toys and candy bars. ‘I try to raise them to an iconic level but refrain from any overt social commentary.’

Dave has recently held numerous successful solo exhibitions.  His work has been selected for the Royal Ulster Academy, Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Society of Marine Artists annual exhibitions.
His work is also in many private and corporate collections including the OPW, Texaco Corp., BP and Fingal County Council.

Dave was accepted into the RHA exhibition 2014 and his piece sold on opening night ,we are very excited about the future of Dave’s work in the Chimera Gallery.

Dave was accepted into the 2014  RUA annual exhibition  and his beautiful piece sold on opening night.

Again congratulations to Dave for being accepted with three pieces in the 2015 RHA exhibition

also 2016 and 2017.

Solo Exhibitions

2015 – Chimera Gallery, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

2014 – ‘Nightpaintings’, Iontas, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan
2014 – ‘New Pastel Works’, Jordan Arts, Rush, Co. Dublin
2013 – Leinster Gallery, Dublin
2012 – ‘Recent pastel drawings’ Village Gallery, Skerries
2012 – ‘Nocturama’ Draiocht Arts Centre, Dublin
2011 – ‘Seashaken’ Art Upstairs / Wexford Opera Festival
2010 – Village Gallery, Skerries
2010 – Killarney Art Gallery / Valencia Island Gallery
2009 – Blue Leaf Gallery
2008 – Art Upstairs, Wexford
2007 – Blue Leaf Gallery
2007 – Daffodil Gallery, Skerries

Group Exhibitions

2015- Edinburgh art fair

2014 – Royal West of England Academy Annual Exhibition, Bristol, UK
2013 – Cavehill Gallery Christmas Show (also 2012, 2011)
2013 – Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, London – Winner of the Schminke Award (also 2012)
2012 – New English Art Club Annual Exhibition (also 2011)
2012 – Royal Institute of oil Painters Annual Exhibition
2012 – Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition, London (also 2011, 2009)
2012 – Dunamaise Annual Open (level), Portlaoise (also 2011, 2009)
2011 – RUA Annual Exhibition, Belfast (also 2008) 
2010 – Blue Leaf Gallery, Toronto Art Fair
2010 – Wildly Different Things, Blue Leaf Unlimited
2009 – RHA Annual Exhibition
2009 – Eigse Festival, Carlow.

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