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running summer workshops both at John Makepeace’s cabinet-making school at Parnham in Beaminster and in different parts of Japan. In 2008 David was invited to spend four weeks travelling and drawing in Japan. The trip included a walk along parts of the Kumano Kodō, an ancient Buddhist/ Shinto pathway in the Kii Peninsular which winds through the forest linking numerous temples, shrines, waterfalls and other natural features. A profound turning point for David, the trip has stimulated a remarkable Indian summer for him as an artist. At first, David ‘did not know how to express the sense of mystery and wonder the walk had evoked in him.’ A commission to carve new organ-pipeshades for St Michael’s Church in Lyme Regis acted as a catalyst. For the first time he experimented with gilding, under-painting and pierced carving and, using these techniques, went on to make large woodcarvings relating directly to his Japanese drawings which he showed in Lyme Regis in 2010. Three years later his gilded pathway carvings, condensed in size and impact to that of icons, showed together with woodcut prints in his first exhibition at Sladers Yard. Thereafter he was able to see his home surroundings in this new way. The moon, moonlight on the sea, newts in his pond, the surface of the River Lym as it flows past his garden, light effects on the wet cobbled streets around his house, these were the subjects of watercolour paintings and wood carvings that he showed at Sladers Yard in 2016 along with the very first carvings of the tide coming in over the sand and rock floors of the beaches around Lyme Regis. His current exhibition, Tidal, takes this meditative theme to a visionary level. Like watching real waves, his most recent works have a profound and beautifully contemplative quality. Some are gilded in white gold, some are painted, but all are carved in relief on different pieces of timber, much of which has been recycled. Each one different and inspiring, these subtle masterpieces play with the theme, using the grain of wood as ripples in the sand and white gold as light on the surface of the sea. Tidal: wood carvings by David West, new paintings by Anthony Garratt and furniture by Petter Southall is at Sladers Yard, West Bay, until 10th March. For more information please contact the gallery. sladersyard.co.uk bridporttimes.co.uk | 19

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