British, born in 1945
Inspired by nature, especially the Welsh countryside where he has lived since the age of 23, British artist David Nash’s favourite subject is trees. Influenced by Constantin Brancusi, his practice is both graphic and sculptural. He seeks to magnify his organic material through simple forms such as the cross, the egg or the column.
Wood is at the heart of his approach, whose essence, materiality and particular symbolism he explores. According to the artist, wood best reveals its sculptural volumes once charred. "When we look at wood sculptures,” he says, “we tend to see ‘wood’, a warm, familiar material, before deciphering the form: wood first, form second. Charring changes everything. The plant is transformed into a mineral, coal, and you see the shape before the material.”
Nash's work will be presented for the first time by the Pinault Collection at the “Au-delà de la couleur” (“Beyond Colour”) exhibition at the Couvent des Jacobins in Rennes in June 2021.