The relationship between David Nash and Trees dates back more than half a century. When the artist moved to North Wales at the end of the 1960s, it was because he had found an inexpensive home and studio in an old chapel and shepherd’s hut, but also because he knew that there he would find raw and vigorous nature, where the vegetal and the mineral have lived in harmony for centuries.
While his sculptures are formed from trees – trunks, junctions, branches – he also knows how to plant, observe and draw specimens both young and old, in all seasons, every year, without getting bored, rediscovering all the variety of each spring or autumn. This is the inspiration for his paintings with their reds and blues and powerful green of these venerable, wrinkled, ageless trunks he calls “Rembrandt”. They are also the source of the multicoloured evocation of summer vegetation in the works entitled “July”.
The energy captured and released by the vibrantly colourful drawings is that of Nash’s sculptures themselves: a deep appreciation of the power of Nature combined with a firm yet supple hand.