The British sculptor and artist, David Nash, has lived since 1967 in the small town of Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales, where he works mostly with wood, maintaining a keen interest in the local landscapes and natural environment. A member of the Royal Academy since 1999, his work is widely exhibited in the leading museums in Europe, America, Australia and Japan.
Galerie Lelong has been showcasing the work of David Nash in its Parisian gallery as well as in many art fairs around the world for more than 15 years, and this year is exhibiting a collection of new works. Pastels and charcoals will be displayed alongside sculptures in rough-hewn wood in a range of sizes and Tall Torso, a large bronze inspired by a burnt tree trunk. For Nash, wood (the trunk, branches and stumps) is what guides the artist. It inspires a sculpture that evolves as it is being carved from the material itself. "They look at me,” says the artist referring to the material at his disposal, and it is from this call, this confrontation, this conversation that the work of art is born. The drawing comes later. In the works being exhibited, we find natural forms, either flat or voluminous, barely modified, enlarged, simplified, disconnected from their role and occupying the space just for themselves. Columns, peaks and mountains, torsos and trunks - simple and unadorned.