From childhood, Nash has been fascinated by painting and art. He became particularly fascinated to Byzantine style Iconography during his teens. One of his icons from this period, Icon of Saint Michael, is displayed in church Saint Michael On The Mount, in Guildford, Surrey.
Prior to his decision to focus on contemporary art, Nash obtained a combined BA in Slavistics and World Literature and was on his way to becoming a teacher.
After moving to London in the early 90’s and taking some pre-foundation courses in art, he enrolled at the Chelsea College Of Art and Design. He graduated with a BA course in Fine Art: Theory and Practice Of Visual Art. After hitting the scene and taking part in a few group exhibitions in London he secured a solo exhibition at Art Point in Frankfurt, Germany (2005).
Today, Nash continues to create art, constantly pushing the boundaries of his artwork.
ARMANDO ALEMDAR on NASH’s WORK
Nash’s capacity to incorporate multiple narratives within his artwork, complements his draughtsmanship. He labours over a long process of building up layers of different types of paint and mixed media, until he achieves the desired effect of combining seemingly opposing elements: both abstract and figurative.
By experimenting with different materials and mixing oils and acrylics with industrial paints, marbling mediums and varnishes, Nash brings about strange and unique patterns from spontaneous reactions. By merging intriguing forms into his backgrounds his work becomes almost inseparable from reality, giving birth to powerful images of timeless qualities.
Unafraid of confronting challenging questions through his artwork, Nash explores complex ideas in order to extract their essence. Through analyzing the concepts of our existence, he attempts to ascertain our perspective on this world as well as its implications, seeking out exactly how we create and define our reality. His main objective is not to try to give definitive answers, but to probe us into thinking critically about the true, often elusive, nature of our world and our place within it.
Armando Alemdar – Artist & Art Historian