This site is used as a gallery for my artwork.
It costs nothing to look.
To buy affordable prints, any size, mugs, cards etc: http://david-westwood.pixels.com
To buy the original artwork: www.saatchiart.com/davidwwestwood
I hope you will enjoy.
Artist Statement Below
Artist Bio Below
Artist statement for David W Westwood
David grew up in the shadow of Birmingham, England. The second largest city in the UK. He comes from a working class back-ground. David is gay and came out to his family at the age of 16 in 1984. At first his family rejected his sexuality. AIDS was hitting the headlines as, “the gay plague,” and they really did not understand why he had, “chosen,” to be gay. Eventually however, they realized it was not a choice and they did accept him. This conflict is documented in many of David’s artworks along with his interest in history and politics.
His artwork is created to be seen and when it has been looked at his has achieved his goal. He creates two types of art, that which carries a message and that which exists just to be pretty. David suffers with hereditary mental health problems, but he has never let it hold him back.
He has studied Law via the Certified Institute of Legal Executives; he has a Bachelors Degree in History and in total 23 academic and skills-based qualification. David suffers with hereditary mental health problems, but he has never let it hold him back.
David has written several novels and turned to oil painting, then moved on to mixed media and experimental art after the end of a long-term relationship in 2013. He began creating in the evening to fill the void left by his absent partner. Now he cannot image life without a paint brush. He has exhibited widely across the UK and has a strong online presence. He has sold a small number of originals and a lot of prints, which have been sold worldwide.
Sales of originals
A Royal Dilemma, was recently sold to a collector in Houston, Texas.
The Price of Sugar, to a professional art collector/dealer in London.
Victorian Policeman, via Saatchi Art to a dealer in Canada.
Find the rabbits, via The Art Yard to a member of the public.
Silver Seas, via Harvington Hall stately home, to a member of the public.
Over 100 sold to date via eBay to members of the public in the UK, Canada, USA, Australia, France, Germany, Italy and Austria.
The creative process: Firstly I have to have the image in my head. I do not create from photos or by observing. I do however, consult images for things like size and accuracy. I create the artwork myself. There is no one else who-or-whats-so ever involved. Some artwork takes longer then others to create. I have spent as much as two years on one piece. One of the biggest consumers of time, is simply waiting for the work to dry before I can carry one with it. Therefore I am able to work on several pieces at once. I do a bit on one, put it to side to dry and then do a bit on another, and so one.
When buying my work:
I create a physical one-off work of art on canvas board, using oil paint and other media.
If you should buy any of my art you will receive it by courier to your door. You will own the original and the only one of its kind.
It will come with a certificate of authenticity.
If you wish to make an offer on any of my work, you can go though Saatchtiart or just contact me directly. You can also get prints of high quality from Saatchiart.
Buying direct saves you money. The Galleries put a large markup on the price of the art. If you buy direct this markup is not on the price.
When pricing my art, I consider:
- When pricing I also have to consider that I am (currently) an unknown artist, I am however working to make that change.
- I have to create the image in my head as none are copies from other sources such as photos. I may however, take dimensions, such as size relationships from other sources.
- My work is handmade by me. There is no one else involved in the process what-so-ever. (Many of the “greats” employ teams of artist and they simply sign the art with their name). I don’t do this. I create myself!
- I spend time on creating, many hours. When working in mixed media such as wood, fabric and metal. I cut the wood and fabric by hand – etc. It is not a quick process.
- When buying something of mine, you are buying my imagination, my time and my craft work.
- I realize photos can be deceiving, so I will always accept the return of my work, and reimburse any money paid and reasonable transport costs. ( I have as yet never had a return).