Nick West was born in Brighton in the UK, and currently lives and works in Tokyo. He is a lecturer at Joshibi University of Art and Design, a writer for Genso, Tokyo Art Beat and Metropolis Magazine, the organiser of Artist Talks, and a member of the artist collective Art Byte Critique. 

Nick studied Fine Art at Kent Institute of Art & Design, where he specialised in Graphic Fine Art. His artworks are among the collection of artist books at The British Library, London.

Nick West, A detail of ‘Subway’ (2013)

Selected Exhibitions

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

Sept 2018  Reading Between the Lines, Launchpad Gallery, Yokohama, Japan. 

May 2018   On Paper, Clouds Art + Coffee, Koenji, Tokyo. Clouds Art Coffee

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

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

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

Aug. 2017   Volumes at ONCA, Brighton, United Kingdom. ONCA Gallery

Apr. 2017-   Subway, Tacchi Studios, Shibuya, Tokyo. Tacchi Studios

Mar. 2017    Surfaces, Nishimachi Artist Space, Tokyo. Surfaces Tokyo

Sep. 2016    Tokyo Art Book Fair 2016, Kita-Aoyama. Tokyo Art Book Fair 2016



Selected Projects

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

Sep. 2015-   Presenter A presentation about murals in and around Tokyo: Pechakucha

May 2015-   Art Researcher A blog about contemporary art in and from Japan: Genso

Dec. 2015   Guest Writer A review of the 2015 Nissan Art Award: Iki-mono

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



Selected Writing

Apr. 2018 Hello World, Hello Now, Art and technology at Art Tower Mito.

Mar. 2017 Different Circles, Ei Arakawa presents Gutai as musical theatre.

Jul. 2016 Ceramic Grenades, Emiko Kasahara at Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Culture

Mar. 2015 Control Room, Thomas Demand, ‘Control Room’ at MOT

Mar. 2015 A Liberty Statue for Tokyo, Pipilotti Rist, ‘A Liberty Statue for Tokyo’

Aug. 2013 Looking Skyward, Kazuhiko Hachiya at 3331 Arts Chiyoda.

Jun. 2013 Public Art #2: Masatake Kouzaki’s Tougen, Anjin, Masatake Kozaki’s in Daikanyama.




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

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

Aug. 2011-Mar. 2018    Art & English Teacher at Shoto Junior High School, Shibuya.




Jul. 2015   An Introduction to Curating, University of the Arts London

Jul. 1999   Fine Art (BA Hons), University of Kent



Other Experience

Nick’s research on public art in Tokyo was cited in the book Art Place Japan by Fram Kitagawa.

He curated an exhibition by Sam Frith at the Sky Gallery in Kumamoto, Japan.

Nick presented an exhibition appraisal at the Royal College of Art, London.





Nick belongs to PONJA, an online discussion group of students, art professionals, artists, and individuals interested in contemporary Japanese art across the globe.