Nick West - Artist in Tokyo

Nick West

I'm an artist in Tokyo, Japan

Available for contracts

I speak English and Japanese

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About me

Nick lectured at Joshibi University of Art & Design, organised Artist Talks and contributed to various art publications including Art Asia Pacific, this is tomorrow, and Tokyo Art Beat.

My Creations

  1. Storm

    9 September 2015

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

  2. Subway Origami

    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. Flare

    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.

  5. ...

    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.

  6. Likewise

    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.

  7. Full Circle

    28 April 2020

    Another book. This time, one made from records.

  8. 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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  9. Folded Hands

    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!

  10. Book Forms

    9 January 2023
    Book Forms

    Last year, I started a side project on the forms that books take. Somewhere between research and design, here’s what I made.

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  11. Spartacus

    15 January 2023

    Spartacus is a book made from 265 chess pawns. Belonging to the Books From Things series, I started this work not long after the invasion of Ukraine, while thinking ab...

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  12. Mixed Signals

    12 June 2023

    A new work. An edition of 25 risograph prints on A3 paper. #abstract #pattern #mixed #signals

  13. Hyphen Shower

    25 October 2023

    Hyphens join things together. In this case, graphic marks and material sections. Ink, tape, paper. A2 (42cm x 59cm).

  14. Cover Story

    16 February

    A recent experiment. Surprisingly blistered results #alteredbook #coverstory #readymade #book #googlyeyes #1984

  15. Volley

    10 April 02:33

    'Volley' is a book assembled from 104 ping pong balls. I wanted to mirror the to and fro between the book and the reader, reading.