Tree Seasons David Nash
We have a very special exhibition opening on Sunday May 14th when the renowned artist David Nash brings his work to Plas giving visitors the opportunity to see and experience the range and evolution of his career. Ranging from early sculptures and drawings to recent work, including an outdoor sculpture and limited edition hand-finished prints created specially for Plas, this exhibition will be an unmissable treat.
David Nash (b. 1945, Esher, Surrey) has built up an international reputation as a sculptor in a career now spanning nearly fifty years. After studying at Kingston College of Art he moved to Blaenau Ffestiniog in 1967, a place he had spent many childhood holidays staying with family, before returning briefly to London for postgraduate study at Chelsea College of Art. His first one-man exhibition took place in 1973, firstly in York then Bangor, since when there have been numerous large-scale solo exhibitions all over the world, many with site-specific projects. His work is featured in countless group exhibitions and held in public art galleries and private collections worldwide.
Nash works predominantly in wood. His early works used standard milled planks, but he moved on to making sculptures out of whole tree trunks and limbs, working with the behaviour of unseasoned wood, cracking and warping, as it dries out. Using wood made available naturally by storms, lightening or disease Nash excavates the tree by means of a ‘wood quarry’, employing the basic processes of sawing, carving and charring to find meaningful forms. He has also initiated long-term ‘growing’ sculptures, coaxing groups of living trees to form ‘spaces’, most famously Ash Dome which was planted in 1977. Throughout his career he has maintained a studio in the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog where he works with the seasons and elements.
David Nash’s engaging film documenting the journey of the Wooden Boulder, a large piece of 200 year old oak that was released into a stream in the Ffestiniog Valley in 1978, has been shown on a long-term basis in the ap Tomos gallery at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw since 2015 and we are now delighted to be able to present a comprehensive exhibition of his work.
Images: David Nash - Beech, Ash, Oak, Triptych, 2016, Pastel on paper, David Nash at Ash Dome