David Nash, born in 1945 in Esher, Surrey, is one of Britain's most prolific sculptors and land artists. He studied at Kingston College of Art, Kingston, from 1963 to 1967 and at Chelsea School of Art, London, from 1969 to 1970.
In the late 1960s, Nash moved to the remote village of Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales, where he is still based. In 1973 he held his first solo exhibition in Wales which led to solo shows throughout the UK and across the globe. Nash works primarily with wood; copses are grown and manipulated to form domes and grids of saplings; fallen trees are carved and charred to make sculpture. He documents his progress through drawings, film, photographs and more recently, pastel stencil editions, which reflect the natural formations and shapes in his sculpture.
Nash was elected a Royal Academician in 1999 and in 2012 was artist in residence at Kew Gardens, London. In 2016 he was awarded the Charles Wollaston Award at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, and the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association's (PMSA's) Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture.
Nash's work is held in over 80 public collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, Caracas; Uffizi Gallery, Florence; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Tate, London; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield.
David Nash lives and works in Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales.
New exhibition on David Nash's evolving study of trees
Seeing Trees, is an exhibition of works on paper ranging from the observational and documentary, that are a cornerstone of the artist’s practice.
Exhibition: Sculptors’ Prints: Richard Long, David Nash & Richard Woods
David Nash features in Digging Deep in British Art
In the Press: "My early interest was putting colour into space."
David Nash: Full Circle
David Nash: Return to Grizedale
David Nash: 200 Seasons
In the Press: 'I hope people will find it joyful'
Exhibitions at Cristea Roberts Gallery
- Ali Banisadr
- Georg Baselitz
- Christiane Baumgartner
- Rana Begum
- Pablo Bronstein
- Gordon Cheung
- Rhys Coren
- Michael Craig-Martin
- Dexter Dalwood
- Ian Davenport
- Miriam de Búrca
- Jan Dibbets
- Jim Dine
- Joy Gerrard
- Antony Gormley
- Marie Harnett
- Idris Khan
- Langlands & Bell
- Richard Long
- Mick Moon
- Paul Noble
- Julian Opie
- Mimmo Paladino
- Cornelia Parker