About Oliver

about Oliver WestOliver graduated from Falmouth College of Arts in the UK in 1994. During his first year at college he set up a one man show. This was to fund the rest of his time at Art College doing fine arts. On graduating Oliver took his student loan, bought his first etching press and set up a waterside Printmaking Studio. The studio & gallery opened its’ doors to artists & students hosting numerous exhibitions supporting approximately 80 artists.

In 2000 the studio closed it doors. With Oliver realising his need for flexibility and freedom to be an artist within the landscape. The seed was planted to establish a mobile studio. This allowing him the freedom he craved as an artist. But still enabling Oliver to share his studio with others. Oliver set up Plein Air Printmaking and Art and Sail holidays allowing others to join him in the UK and abroad. Sketchbook Diary Holidays was birthed. Birthed as the interest for holidays. Further afield developed. Both Sketchbook Holidays and Plein Air Printmaking courses are still running today.

It’s his passion to capture the changes in the landscape. This drives Oliver to encourage others and engaging them in both the process of the printmaking and landscape.

“I work in the landscape responding to the moment and elements that surround me.

Drawing from the richness of the changing surfaces and contours of the land finding a new expression in my reflection of the environment. I enjoy capturing the moment and find that working in a place, even for a short time heightens my involvement and connection with it. Enjoying a versatile and fast moving schedule. Also reflected in the way I make my work.

Drawing on the ever-changing light and weather effects in dramatic Landscapes.”

Oliver’s etchings are exhibited in various parts of the world. His works have sold at Christie’s Auction House in London.  ‘Morning Storm’ is held in the Royal collection.