David Nash

(b. 1945)

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(1945– )

British sculptor, born in Esher, Surrey. He has lived and worked in Blaenau Ffestiniog, north Wales, since 1967; initially he moved because of the cost of living in London. In 1969 he bought a disused chapel as a studio and began working with fallen wood from the nearby forest. He works on this before it has been seasoned so that cracks can appear after the sculptor has completed his work. The material is not only carved but chopped and twisted into shape; he has described the cracks as ‘rather like smiles, revealing more about themselves’. In 1977 he planted his Ash Dome, a work which has grown into shape in the years since. In a 1978 interview he said, ‘I'll have to work on the dome four or five times over a period of 40–50 years, but then let it go…My own demise will take care of that.’ Another long-term work is the Wooden Boulder. Originally carved from an oak tree which had to be felled for safety reasons, it was rolled by the sculptor into a river. Nash then charted its transformations; it became more like an actual boulder in appearance, as it moved down the river. It was finally sited on a sandbank in 2003. He now assumes that it has found its way to the sea.

Further Reading

J. Andrews, The Sculpture of David Nash (1999)

Subjects: Art.

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