Cardiff, Wales

David Nash, Cork Spire, 2012, cork bark, 17' 3 1⁄8“ × 13' 11 3⁄8” × 13' 11 3⁄8".

David Nash, Cork Spire, 2012, cork bark, 17' 3 1⁄8“ × 13' 11 3⁄8” × 13' 11 3⁄8".

David Nash

National Museum

“Are you Welsh now?” I teased the British sculptor David Nash at the opening of his retrospective, where artworks made over fifty years (or two hundred seasons, as the catalogue poetically put it) congregated for the biggest exhibition dedicated to the artist in his adopted homeland. “My job is to make everyone else feel more Welsh,” was his enigmatic reply. Nash was born in 1945 in Esher, UK, but he has lived and worked in the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, in North Wales, for more than five decades. A place of special significance to the artist is Capel Rhiw, a Methodist chapel that was built in the nineteenth century, when Blaenau Ffestiniog was home to a thriving slate industry, and that fell into disrepair by the 1900s. Nash moved there in 1969 and converted it into his studio; it became his family home in 1972.

Curated by Nicholas Thornton, head of contemporary art at the National Museum

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