Leopardi's Dream: The Engravings of Francis West

The Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London

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Event location:
Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street Fitzrovia W1T 4RJ
When:Event passed!
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Mon 25th Sep 2017 to
Sat 7th Oct 2017

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Where:The Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RJ
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Times:Monday to Friday: 10.00-19.00 Saturday: 11.00-19.00
Admission:Free

About the event

Henry Miller Fine Art presents Leopardi’s Dream, an exhibition of engravings by the late Francis West.

Curated by Henry Miller and Jenny West, Leopardi’s Dream features brand new editions of engravings from 1979 and 1999, some of which have never been seen in public before, alongside original drawings and paintings.

Difficult to categorise in any particular style or movement, Francis West’s work is steeped in the knowledge of the great traditions of figurative art. An extraordinary draftsman, whether painting, drawing or, as here, engraving, his work exudes an inimitable style of its own, full of wondrous people, mythical creatures and performing animals.

Francis West’s career spanned over 40 years, from his first solo show in 1973, to his final collection of paintings, exhibited posthumously in 2016 by the Megan Piper Gallery; some of which were completed just before his untimely death in December 2015.

Francis West (1936-2015) was born in Fraserburgh, a fishing community on the Moray Firth, where he spent his formative years. After National Service, he moved to London to study at the Chelsea School of Art (1957-1959) and mounted his first solo show in 1973, at the Hamet Gallery on Cork Street.

He has left an extraordinary body of work, and his paintings can be found in many public collections, including the British Museum, Pallant House Gallery, the Arts Council and the V&A as well as numerous private collections.

Official Link: https://www.coningsbygallery.com/exhibition/henry-miller-fine-art-presents-39leopardi39s-dream-the-engravings-of-francis-west-1936-201539-september-2017



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