Nick West is a British artist from Brighton. He studied Fine Art at the Kent Institute of Art & Design, specialising in Graphic Fine Art, a discipline that stemmed from printmaking and photography and to include artists’ books and installation art.

Much of his practice starts with the physical book as its subject. In the past, West has used the folded pages of a subway map to create abstract paintings or made a perpetual alphabet using circular-bound books. His work is in the Artists’ Books Collection at The British Library, London.

Nick West lives and works in Tokyo. He lectures at Joshibi University of Art & Design, organises Artist Talks and contributes to various art publications including Art Asia Pacific, this is tomorrow, and Tokyo Art Beat.




Selected Exhibitions

Nov. 2019   Whispers   Zenpukuji Park, Nishi-Ogikubo, Tokyo

Oct. 2019   Setouchi Art Book Fair   Setouchi Triennale, Takamatsu

Jan. 2019   In the Details   Gallery Le Deco, Shibuya, Tokyo

Nov. 2018   RCA Secret 2018  Royal College of Art, London, UK

Sep. 2018   Turning the Page  Paper Gallery, Manchester, UK

Sep. 2018   Reading Between the Lines  Launchpad Gallery, Yokohama

May 2018   On Paper  Clouds Art + Coffee  Koenji, Tokyo

May 2018   World Book Day Exhibition  World of Glass Museum, UK

Apr. 2018   World Book Day Exhibition  Eccleston Library, St. Helen’s, UK

Oct. 2017   Tokyo Art Book Fair 2017  Tennozu Isle, Tokyo

Aug. 2017   Volumes  ONCA  St George’s Place, Brighton, UK

Apr. 2017   Subway  Tacchi Studios, Shibuya, Tokyo

Mar. 2017   Surfaces  Nishimachi Artist Space, Motoazabu, Tokyo

Sep. 2016   Tokyo Art Book Fair 2016  Shinanomachi, Tokyo



Public Engagement

Sep. 2018   Introducing Artists’ Books  Launchpad Gallery, Yokohama

Sep. 2018   Workshop: How to Make a Book  Launchpad Gallery, Yokohama

May 2018   Introducing ‘On Paper’  Clouds Art + Coffee, Koenji, Tokyo

Jul. 2017   Artist Talk: My Practice  Good Heavens, Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

Sep. 2014   Tokyo Murals  Pecha-Kucha Night, Super Deluxe, Roppongi, Tokyo




May 2015   Blueprint  Arthur Huang, Yuko Kamei, John Reardon, Hyemin Son

Jan. 2010   Genso  A website based on the periodic table with Sam Frith

Jul. 2005   A Storm in a Teacup  A digital collage with Sam Frith

Nov. 2002   Sexymachinery  A publication with Åbäke and other contributors




Jul. 2017-   Artist Talks Organiser  A series of talks with artists in Tokyo

May 2015-   Art Researcher  A blog about contemporary art – Genso

May 2013-   Art Reviewer  A series of articles and reviews – Tokyo Art Beat



Selected Press

Feb. 2019   Artists’ Spotlight  Aesthetica Magazine

May 2018   On Paper  Metropolis Magazine

Sep. 2017   Volumes  Design Collector Magazine




Apr. 2018-   Adjunct Professor at Joshibi University of Art & Design

May 2013-   Art Writer for Tokyo Art Beat, Genso, and Metropolis Magazine

2011-2018   Art & English Teacher at Shoto Junior High School, Shibuya, Tokyo




Jul. 2015  Curating Contemporary Art Exhibitions  University of the Arts London

Jul. 1999   Fine Art (BA Hons)  First Class  University of Kent, Canterbury, UK



Related Activities

Jul. 2017   Image consultant for Frieze  A Brief History of the Future

Dec. 2015   Guest writer for Iki-mono  Seven Finalists

Nov. 2015   Essay citation in Fram Kitagawa’s book  Art Place Japan




Jul. 2018   Convergence exhibition catalogue, Joshibi University of Art & Design

Sep. 2015   The World Goes Pop  Annabel James’ review for Genso




Apr. 2004   Miniatures  Sam Frith, Sky Gallery, Kumamoto, Japan




Jul. 1999   Artists’ Books Collection  The British Library, London, UK




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