This autumn, Henry Miller Fine Art is presenting a long-awaited exhibition of rare works by Francis West, introducing the late Scottish artist, who died in 2015, to a new audience.
Taking place at the Coningsby Gallery in Fitzrovia from 25 September to 7 October, and curated by Henry Miller and Jenny West, Leopardi’s Dream features brand new editions of engravings from 1979 and 1999, some of which have never been seen in public before, alongside a selection of original drawings and paintings.
Difficult to categorise in any particular style or movement, Francis West’s work is steeped in the knowledge of the great traditions of figurative art. An extraordinary draftsman, whether painting, drawing or engraving, his work exudes an inimitable style of its own, full of wondrous people, mythical creatures and performing animals.
Francis West’s career spanned over 40 years, from his first solo show in 1973, to his final collection of paintings, exhibited posthumously in 2016. He has left an extraordinary body of work, some of which is included in many public collections, including the British Museum, Pallant House Gallery, the Arts Council and the V&A as well as numerous private collections.
Leopardi’s Dream: the engravings of Francis West
25 September to 7 October
Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RJ