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David Nash will be exhibiting drawings at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in an exhibition titled Full Circle.

David Nash has dedicated his artistic life to an evolving study of trees and wood, absorbing knowledge through haptic experience and close observation over decades. This new exhibition in The Weston Gallery at Yorkshire Sculpture Park is dedicated to the artist’s drawings inspired by trees, from the observational and documentary, through to intensely coloured, abstract works that capture the essence of their life force.

Pete filming David at the blackboard. Photo Nia Roberts.

In 1995 Pete Telfer made a documentary about the life and work of David Nash called 'From Capel Rhiw to the World'. After making this film David asked Pete to continue filming his creative process, the evolution of his sculptures. This continuing documentation has grown into a vast video archive that captures the many aspects to the artists work. An important element to how David sees the world and his work is the discipline of drawing. He uses drawing as a tool, drawing a fallen tree to understand the form and the forms he will find within it. There is a sequence in the BBC 4 documentary Pete made about David and his work in preparation for his huge 2010 exhibition at YSP, 'Force of Nature - the sculpture of David Nash' (click HERE to watch it), where David talks about this as he's clambering through the limbs of a huge Oak.

Nash’s long association with YSP began over forty years ago and Full Circle marks an affinity between artist and organisation. In the early 1980s, he wrote in a letter regarding his forthcoming YSP residency: “environment and ecology are a first consideration for me as an artist”. This prescient and enduring occupation not only with the intersection of nature and art, but our direct human relationship with the natural environment, makes Nash’s body of work ever more pertinent as we address the climate crisis. A critical aspect of his admiration for trees, and one we might learn much from, is that “trees take just enough and give back more”.

Pete filmed David in his workshop, drawing on the blackboard his history and relationship with YSP through the works he created there. This film will be a part of the exhibition. The drawing will provide the narrative to the film. Archive photographs and video will be edited into the video to illustrate the film with actual footage of the works being made and then completed.

The finished blackboard drawing will be shown in the exhibition at YSP.

Drawing is as central and constant in Nash’s practice as the trees it grows from. It is a way of learning about and understanding his subject, of finding form for ideas, recording and responding to forms from life. Works in The Weston Gallery, a significant number of which have never been exhibited before, will be enlivened by the natural light that floods the space and will resonate with the far-reaching landscape views.

Much of the text above was copied from the YSP website and you can visit it by clicking HERE