Pat West sculptor.
-born in vancouver bc in 1962
-raised in Prince George, BC
- studied physics and fine art at UBC ( BSc 1984)
-played basketball at UBC 1980-1985
- studied architecture at Univ of Manitoba 1986-1988
-traveled extensively throughout India, Asia, Europe, North and central America
-lived and worked in vancouver 1995-2017
-now lives on Bowen island with two young children since fall of 2017
-Bronze Gallery, Vancouver (early 1990s)
-Gulf of Georgia Galleries, Steveston (1990s)
-Jenkins Showler Gallery, White Rock BC (late 1990s- early 2000s)
-White Dog Gallery, Whistler bc (approx 2010)
I began sculpting stone in 1988 while sitting on a beach in Penticton bc.
A friend had given me a piece of soapstone from northern Canada and it was soft enough to carve with a knife. I was immediately drawn to the medium and have been sculpting soapstone and other soft stones ever since. Others materials include alabaster, chlorite , periphalite , brazilian soapstone and cedar.
I use only hand tools, a mallot, chisels and rasps to form the shapes , and sandpaper and oils to finish the pieces. The general shape can be formed in a few hours and then finished in a few days.
The making of each piece is a form of meditation for me, where the process is of ultimate importance and the finished sculpture is the end product of that meditation.
The majority of my works are abstract studies in geometry that hint at movement. Animal forms, human forms and shapes from nature are present in the sculptures. Soapstone is an excellent material because it is a relatively quick to carve and finishes beautifully, though it is susceptible to scratching.
I hope that you enjoy these pieces.