February 3, 2021 – February 16, 2021
David Nash’s (b.1945) work is based almost exclusively on his observations of nature and the rural landscape around his home in Wales. Largely known for his work in sculpture, he primarily works with wood; copses are grown and manipulated to form domes and grids of saplings; fallen trees are carved and charred to make sculpture. His pastel stencils which should be seen in dialogue with his wider practice, reflecting the natural formations and shapes of his sculptures, are made in his studio in the remote village of Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales.
Nash comments, “Works on paper have always been a part of my practice. I have been to print workshops when invited but found the time constraint a pressure and the complex techniques didn’t suite my nature. I needed a simpler basic method I could do in my own studio without all that equipment.
I use a specific thickness of plastic sheet and an extremely sharp scalpel. The pastel is applied by rubbing it into a fleece pad and then rubbing the loaded pad over the stencil. The result is then fixed. I have a studio specifically set up for this. The process is very dusty and requires efficient masks and frequent hand washing.”
Nash has annotated each edition below, describing his source of inspiration, which includes the changing colours of oak leaves, a shadow cast by a cherry tree branch, weathered tree trunks and shade under a tree on a summer’s day.
If you would like further information about these works, or any other prints by Nash, please contact the gallery directly via [email protected]