After graduating from art college in the late 70s, artist Malcolm West continued his studies at an Italian Academy where he learned to carve marble. Returning to the UK, he worked briefly for an art and design agency before he set up his own professional artistic practice in the early 1980s. He has been sculpting and exhibiting professionally ever since.
A keen student himself, West is inspired by movement and dance and the endless fascination with capturing the structure, form and beauty of the human figure, whether a classical stance or a graceful arc or twist. A love of mythology and allegory is also an endless source of inspiration.
West sites his influences as the Ancient Greek artists, in particular Phidias, alongside many of the Renaissance artists including Botticelli, Michelangelo and Bernini. His understanding of classical form and proportion informs his figures with a quiet and gentle elegance.
West exhibits across the UK. He has been commissioned by many A-list celebrities including Madonna, and his work is held in a number of prestigious collections including Madame Tussauds as well as numerous private collections across the UK, USA, Germany, Australia and Jamaica.