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David Nash by David Nash

I came upon the work of British Sculptor, David Nash, in a circuitous way.  I subscribe to an email art alert service called ArtFinder which brings much of British modernism my way.  I use it as a way to learn about artists.  Interestingly enough, the artists’ work that attracts me the most is quite often that of sculptors who also work in paper. Such is wood sculptor, David Nash.  Nash, who lives in northwest Wales sculpts exclusively in ‘found wood’ around the world.  He does not cut down trees, rather relies on nature to identify and fell his raw materials.  His work is amazing so I was delighted to read David Nash  published by Abrams New York with a fine introduction by Norbert Lynton.  This 170-page full color art book relates Nash’s career to date with much of the text written by Nash himself.  You get real insights into the artist’s process and can explore his metamorphosis from solo artist to collaborator.  The pictures often tell the story of the wood from ‘found item’ to finished work of art.  Many are site specific, so it’s great to see them in situ in this fabulously illustrated book.   Not sure about exploring Nash’s work?  Try dipping into the various Youtube videos, especially the 57-minute “David Nash:  discovering Heartwood” that captures his artist’s residency in North Carolina..  And then, don’t forget to check out this book!

Amy P.

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