Artist profile

David Nash

David Nash works primarily with wood that has fallen naturally or has been felled due to age, disease or safety. He also makes planted works; living, growing sculptures; long term projects that span decade;, trees, brambles, copses are sculpted and manipultaed over tens of years to form domes, grids of saplings and walls of living matter.

Out of the felled trees emerge eggs, columns and pyramids. Domes are formed from elements of the tree, Cork Oak bark is stacked to make towering spires and squat 9m circles. Oak branches are burnt and stuck into the ground end on to form low convex structures. He burns and chars the wood to form deep black, velvety surfaces. Burnt edges highlight geometric shapes cut into columns, hexagonal shapes are carved from oak eggs.

Biography

1945
Born in Esher, Surrey, UK
1963–65
Studied Kingston College of Art
1967
Moved to Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales, where he lives and works
1969–70
Postgraduate Study, Chelsea School of Art
1999
Elected Royal Academician Appointed Research Fellow, University of Northumbria, Newcastle Awarded Honorary Doctorate in Art & Design, Kingston University
2004
Awarded OBE for services to the arts

Selected exhibitions

2014
Galerie Lelong, Paris
2013
Installations by David Nash, Historic Grounds, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire
2012–13
David Nash at Kew Gardens, Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, Surrey
2012
Lines and Smudges, Annely Juda Fine Art, London
2010–11
David Nash at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
2010
David Nash – Recent Sculptures and Colour Works, Annely Juda Fine Art, London
2009
David Nash – Monumental Sculpture, Kunsthalle Mannheim

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