Sally West was born in West Wyalong, Central New South Wales. West grew up on a farm and as a teenager moved to Eastern Sydney. Throughout her life she has traveled across and lived in both Europe and South East Asia to gain inspiration for her paintings. Although her international journeys influential on her style, the subjects of her paintings remain very close to home.
What makes West’s paintings so distinct is the combination of texture, abstraction and calming colors. The movement of the paint strokes on canvas is reminiscent of a light breeze or waves. This is communicated even more clearly with pastels and delicate shades of color in her artworks’ backgrounds. Within her artworks’ foregrounds, she sometimes opts for hints of brighter colors to add accents or simply continues with the same color palette to maintain the ethereal feeling. Overall, West’s color palette is very uniquely her own and conveys a very specific feeling of comfort associated with vague familiarity.
Since West’s first breakthrough solo exhibition in New York in 2011, her artworks have become highly sought after internationally. She has won and placed as a finalist in numerous worldwide art competitions and juried exhibitions throughout her courier. Her artworks are exhibited with influential galleries across Australia as well as Los Angeles and New York.
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