Nick West - Artist in Tokyo

Nick West

I'm an artist in Tokyo, Japan

Available for contracts

I speak English

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About me

Nick 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.

My Creations

  1. A storm in a teacup

    9 September 2015

    This was the result of a discussion with a designer about English and Japanese cultural stereotypes.

  2. #5

    10 September 2015

    This is a painting I made that combines the Tokyo Metro map with the folds in origami paper. Not for use on trains.

  3. A-Z²

    27 August 2017

    ‘A-Z²’ is the main installation at ONCA in Brighton, UK. ‘A-Z²’ is created by recycling the physical elements of a previous artwork. In the present arrangement, the materials have been reassembled into 26 books, each approximating a different letter of the alphabet. Every page has been cut, folded, glued and... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  4. #6

    2 September 2018

    A drawing for an installation

  5. #34

    22 September 2018

    This artwork is on show at the Launch Pad Gallery in Yokohama until 1st October. The exhibition 'Reading Between the Lines' features artists' books from artists based in Tokyo and in the UK.

  6. #37

    19 July 2019

    The book in the post-truth era. (erasers, glue)

  7. #38

    4 October 2019

    I make books using everyday objects. This is the most recent in the series.
    #38 will be exhibited at Setouchi Art Book Fair with other artists from Art Byte Critique.

  8. #41

    26 February 2020

    As I prepare for an exhibition in April, I'm playing with materials. This time, with duct tape. I don't think that this book will make it into the actual show but it's good to be in the studio. A bumper book of bodge jobs.

  9. #42

    9 March 2020

    Another experiment for a book, this time by recycling a broken keyboard. It's a contender for my upcoming exhibition but I might show another new book be worked out.

  10. #43

    23 March 2020

    Reworking the subway lines in Tokyo. Lines aligned. Origami paper collage.

  11. #45

    7 April 2020

    I recently came across an opportunity in the UK asking for installation proposals that utilise the ceiling of a building. The venue itself is near the sea. Based on a transcript from the shipping forecast, this is the design I submitted. Fingers crossed.

  12. #44

    28 April 2020

    Another book. This time, one made from records.

  13. I'm looking for new job opportunities, so I thought I would create something that would show that I can design things. For this exercise, I used the same design template to produce variations on a theme (from A to Z).

  14. As I look for design work, I've been playing with shapes again. This time, with squares. For this exercise, I used the same shape to produce variations on a theme - from 'arrow' to 'zebra'.

  15. While I look for design work, I've been playing with shapes. This time, with triangles, from a to z. (a-frame, bamboo, compass, dragon fruit, eye, Florence, guitar, hat, illusion, jackknife, kilt, Louvre, mountain, nachos, origami, pool, quills, recycling, shark, tango, umbrella, volcano, wigwam, yacht, zigzag)

  16. #46

    6 November 2020

    In preparation for this year's Virtual Art Book Fair in Tokyo (16th-23rd November), I made a book from combs. I'll be exhibting with other artists from Art Byte Critique. Come and visit our booth when it opens!

  17. Asemic Writing

    10 April 2021
    Asemic Writing

    A new series. Asemic Writing is a wordless open form of writing. The word asemic means "having no specific semantic content".

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  18. #55

    22 October 2021

    In preparation for this year's Tokyo Art Book Fair 2021 (28th-31st October), I made a book from work gloves. I'll be exhibiting it alongside other artists from Art Byte Critique. Come and visit our booth when it opens!