“David Nash”

David Nash, time and nature

Wood, erosion and seasons… David Nash’s art is rooted in our planet Earth. We met him in his home in Wales, where he’s hidden himself away in a former chapel. This is where he sculpts his life-size works with the help of a chainsaw and welding torch, watched by an audience of trees. “They look at me…” David Nash was born in 1945 in Surrey, England. Today acknowledged as one of the most illustrious British exponents of Land Art, he works relentlessly with his material of choice, wood, to create installations or sculptures. While his creations are exhibited in museums all over the world, his largest formats have been created for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, or his own home, in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales. Here, Nash resides in a former chapel, impressive in its dimensions and brightness. It houses some of his oldest pieces, which Nash is fond of reworking, attesting to a cyclical approach to time. This summer, David Nash’s work is being shown at the Fondation Fernet-Branca near Basel, while another exhibition has recently wrapped up at the Museum Lothar Fisher in Neumarkt, Germany. The Galerie Lelong which represents him in Paris is also unveiling his new works on paper until 13 July.   After you finished your studies, you decided to settle here, in this former church in Blaenau Ffestiniog. Why? I bought it in 1968 for 200 pounds and as I didn’t have to work to earn money, I was able to devote myself to my art. But I taught in different schools from 1970 onwards, working with students experimenting with all types of mediums. For me, creativity is one and the same whatever the medium, and what I’d teach them in particular was to develop confidence in themselves, whether in painting, sculpture or...

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A colourful online catalogue raisonné of Cézanne’s oeuvre

New York, 14 March 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). The new catalogue raisonné dedicated to Cézanne’s oeuvre is to be published online soon in its entirety. Freely accessed by all, this novel method of publication represents an innovative new step in the development of the catalogue raisonné. The last catalogue raisonné to be dedicated to the artist dates back to 1996. It was compiled by John Rewald, Walter Feilchenfeldt and Jayne Warman, but was met with some criticism with regards to the significant lack of colour images included in the publication. Critics claimed that, by displaying the works in black and white, the true enjoyment of a catalogue raisonné was lost. This new catalogue raisonné has been compiled by David Nash, co-owner of the Mitchell-Innes & Nash gallery, and has benefited from the influence of Walter Feilchenfeldt and Jayne Warman, who have returned to the project. Only one work has been added to the previous catalogue – Baigneurs (between 1902 and 1906), which was sold by Christie’s in 2011. David Nash quickly came to the conclusion that it would be easier to publish the catalogue online. This decision brought numerous advantages: democratisation; easier research methods thanks to a system of keywords; speed and efficiency of publishing; and the ability to show the images in high definition and, most importantly, in colour. The authors of this new catalogue raisonné have also decided to include photographs and postcards of places painted by Cézanne. A trial version of the catalogue is to be made available to scholars and art specialists on 12 May. Following this, it is to be published in full and made available to a limitless web-based...

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David Nash at Lelong Gallery

Paris, 1 December 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). Lelong Gallery in Paris will present from 19 January to 17 March 2012, the exhibition “Black & Red: Bronze & Wood”, on David Nash. It is the third time the gallery displays works by the English artist, born in 1945. The artist carefully selected this title for the exhibition, presenting his preferred colours in his stenciled drawings— red and black — along with his favourite materials for the sculptures —bronze and wood. Nash has worked with wood for a long time and has only recently introduced bronze into his creations. David Nash, having studied at Chelsea School of Art, decided to leave the urban environment and develop a particular connection with nature in his art. He created simple but highly expressive sculptures in an artistic and personal way, as he was influenced by his environment. Nash currently lives in Wales and regularly displays his work in the United Kingdom. In 2010, a very successful exhibition was dedicated to him at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield,...

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