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Three Black Humps, 2015

Three Black Humps, 2015

Charred oak (in three parts) and coal

Oak - carved, charred and oiled. Installed on a bed of crushed coal

Meadow Arts & Ironbridge Gorge Museum Tust commission 2015

"Iron starts with natural landform, its materials and creative intelligence.   Natural resources combined at first in simple experiment; simple yet fundamental.  As an artist this is also where I start, gathering natural materials from the land and putting it through basic process - sawing, carving, burning - to find meaningful forms."

David Nash, 2015

David Nash

David Nash (born 1945 in Esher, Surrey) has built up an international reputation as a sculptor in a career now spanning over forty years. His first one-man exhibition took place in 1973 in York, since when there have been numerous large-scale solo exhibitions of his sculptures and drawings all over the world, many with site-specific projects. His work is featured in many 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 the unseasoned wood as it dries out, cracking and warping. 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'. Throughout his career he has maintained a studio in the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales, working with the seasons and elements.