David Nash is one of Britain's most prolific sculptors and land artists. Born in Esher, Surrey in 1945, he studied at Kingston College of Art from 1963 to 1967 and at Chelsea School of Art from 1969 to 1970.
In the late 1960s, Nash moved to the remote village of Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales, where he is still based. In 1973 he held his first solo exhibition in Wales which led to solo shows throughout the UK and across the globe. He mainly works with wood which he grows himself. He then shapes it using a variety of methods such as carving, charring and warping, as well as allowing the natural drying process to shape the work. He documents his progress through drawings, film, photographs and more recently, stencil editions.
Nash was elected a Royal Academician in 1999 and in 2012 was artist in residence at Kew Gardens, London. In 2016 he was awarded the Charles Wollaston Award at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, and the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association’s (PMSA’s) Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture.
Nash's work is held in over 80 public collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, Caracas; Uffizi Gallery, Florence; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Tate, London; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield.
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