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David Nash - Three Black Humps

Charred oak on a bed of coal. Commissioned by Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and Meadow Arts, 2015.

David Nash

David Nash, Three Black Humps, 2015 (with red) charcoal and pastel on paper. Sketch for proposed sculpture, courtesy the artist.

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.