David Nash: 200 Seasons is one of the largest and most ambitious exhibitions of David Nashs work presented in England. The exhibition, from 28 September 2 February 2020, is a major survey of Nashs career from the late 1960s to the present day, exploring his unique contribution to British sculpture and the international Land Art movement, and includes new work. 200 Seasons also marks a key moment in Towner
s programme of events and exhibitions, celebrating 10 years in the gallerys current building.
The exhibition reflects the artists long relationship with Wales and East Sussex, in particular Capel Rhiw, Blaenau Ffestiniog, his home and studio for over half a century.
Installed across Towners four major gallery spaces, 200 Seasons feature key sculptures, films and drawings from the late 1960s to the present day. The sculptures explore the different ways the artist has cut, carved and manipulated wood to produce work that crosses abstraction and figuration, always retaining his trademark reference to the forms of the original tree and the unique qualities of the chosen material.
Nash, who lives in Blaenau Ffestiniog and Lewes, has had many important solo exhibitions and international surveys of sculpture, and his work is represented in major museum collections around the world. Recent major presentations at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2010-11) and Kew Gardens (2012) have underlined his international importance as a sculptor and land artist. Previous exhibitions include Serpentine Gallery (London) and the Museum of Metropolitan Art (New York). Eighteen Thousand Tides (1996), in Towners collection and commissioned by the gallery almost 20 years ago, is also on permanent public display in Manor Gardens, Eastbourne.
David Nash said, I was born in the South East but have lived at Capel Rhiw, an old Methodist chapel in Blaenau Ffestiniog, since the 1960s. Many of my sculptures have been made in Sussex where much of the wood I use is sourced. I have watched Towner grow since the 1980s and it is a great pleasure to bring the Capel Rhiw Collection to this magnificent gallery.