Stephen West: Draw Breath @ Oriel Mwldan

West describes himself as a ‘drawyer’, a term coined to describe someone making work through the medium of drawing. The works are neither realistic nor abstract but suffused with the energy and motion of the drawn line and rhythmic mark, whether in 2 dimensions or in sculpture.

The ‘breath’ of this exhibitions title refers to the respiration of trees, the inhaling of carbon dioxide and the exhalation of oxygen.In response to the recent threat of the airborne spore from Europe which kills Ash trees, West has been working on large drawings recording a year’s cycle of ash trees round his home in Llangadfan.

Also on display here are a collection of satirical and surreal drawings of meetings, some refering to Picasso’s great anti-war masterpiece ‘Guernica’ with its symbols of the bull, the wounded horse and distressed people and architecture. Other drawings include friends round a table, news reports from Europe and West’s own version of Tom Rakewell’s disgrace from Hogarth’s Rake’s Progress.



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