Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild


David Nash (Wales/UK)

Artist -in-Residence 2020

Sculptor and environmental artist David Nash has created a significant and varied body of work in which the relationship between man and nature is a central theme. His artistic ethos has always been one of direct, physical involvement with his chosen material - wood - and the landscape. Since 1967 his sculpture has formed two distinctive groupings; sculptures which connect with the outside, the landscape of making and placements, and works which are presented inside, within and in relation to, architectural environments.

The inorganic, non-allusive sculptures that Nash makes using unseasoned wood are based on the universal geometry of the cube, the sphere, and the pyramid. He uses the directions of mark-making to his favoured forms: vertical for the cube, horizontal for the sphere, and diagonal for the pyramid. Although the innate character of the material is considered, and allowed to affect the outcome, he never allows it to dictate the sculpture's final identity. Nash uses burners to char the wood, once again transforming the material through blackening. (Tate Gallery)

Nash’s work has been included in numerous international key group exhibitions since 1970. These include The Condition of Sculpture, at the Hayward Gallery, London (1975), British Art Now: An American Perspective, at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, and tour (1980), British Sculpture in the Twentieth Century, Part II, at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1981) and Aspects of British Art Today, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in (1982).

Tate Gallery, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Soloman R Guggenheim Museum, New York
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Grizedale Forest, Cumbria
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Arts Council of Great Britain, London
British Council, London