A major new exhibition of wood and bronze sculptures by David Nash recently opened at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. As part of the exhibition, the sculptor will work on a ‘wood quarry’, creating new pieces using trees from the Gardens that have come to the end of their natural life.
One of the country’s most prolific artists, Nash has created thousands works in wood from his studio in a converted chapel in Blanenau Ffestiniog and in locations across the globe. In 1999, the same year that he was elected a royal academician, he embarked on making works in bronze, using earth and fire in the process to echo those same qualities of wood.
Castle Fine Arts has accompanied him on this journey to turn wood into bronze. The 2010 retrospective at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, tracing the artist’s forty year career, featured ‘Black Butt’ – a piece that has travelled this journey through process. From its initial charring to the textures of the cast and patinated bronze, preserving for ever the authenticity of its natural form.
More of his bronze sculptural work will be on show at Kew in an exhibition which opens to the public in June and runs until April 2013. The show will run throughout the Gardens as well as within the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, the Temperate House, and, in the autumn, the Nash Conservatory. Twelve existing outdoor works will be situated throughout the grounds, and will be supplemented with new works created on-site during the exhibition period.
For more information, please see www.kew.org