Arrange enough edges together, and they'll form a frame. Arrange enough edges within the space of a frame, and they’ll begin to form a place. The spatial elements of a painting provide the foundation of storytelling. By reducing the subject to space and color, West constrains the architectural space of the painting with planes of color and line work, forming spatial harmonies and poetics. Through color choice, line weight, and shape defining, West’s work references not only the history of painting, but also architectural theory, philosophy, and cinema, by translating their spatial elements of storytelling into painted form.
Heath West is a recent recipient of an artist grant in painting for 2017 from the Peter S. Reed Foundation, New York City. He holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Heath has participated in group shows at 0-0 in Los Angeles, Harper’s Books in East Hampton, Nomadic at California Institute of the Arts, and Agathe/Vi se pa Kunst booth at NADA NYC, 2018. Forthcoming solo shows in 2018 include Dillon Kyle Architects, Houston, in May, and Galleri Urbane, Dallas, in September, where his previous solo show, Neighborhood of Infinity, opened in February of 2017. Heath lives and works in Houston, Texas.