David Nash (b. 1945, Esher, Surrey) has built up an international reputation as a prominent sculptor and artist 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 behavior 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, is been shown in the ap Tomos gallery at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw.
We are delighted to offer for sale a choice of two Wooden Boulder prints, unique to Plas Glyn-y-Weddw. Made using a stencil technique that allows Nash to produce an edition of work, the prints are all hand-made with individual characteristics. These are available un-framed or framed.
In addition to the Wooden Boulder prints Red Tree was produced specially for Plas Glyn-y-Weddw to mark Tree Seasons, a special exhibition of David Nash's work held at the gallery in 2017. Prints from this edition of 20 are currently available unframed.
Also available unframed are limited numbers of other print editions produced by Nash since 2010.
Image: David Nash at Ash Dome