Paul Nash was born in London in 1889, the older brother of artist John Nash. A British Surrealist painter, photographer and writer, he played a key role in the development of Modernism in English art, and saw himself as the successor to William Blake and Turner
Paul’s early work focused on drawings and watercolours of brooding British landscapes, particularly of the Thames Valley in Berkshire and Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire. Nash served on the Western Front during WWI, producing drawings under influence from the Vorticists. These twenty drawings showed the Spring landscape replenishing war-torn Ypres, and after their exhibition, Paul Nash was invited to become an official war artist, returning to the Ypres Salient in 1917. Nash continued working from his drawings of France, producing dark and desolate landscapes. In the 1920s he became a successful wood engraver, producing woodcuts and paintings of the conflict between land and sea, and beginning to turn towards abstraction.
Nash became a pioneer of Modernism in Britain, promoting the avant-garde European styles of abstraction throughout the 1930s. In 1933 he co-founded the Unit One movement with fellow artists Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson.
Paul Nash died in 1946. Works by Nash are held in the collections of the Aberdeen Art Gallery, Bolton Art Gallery, Courtauld Institute of Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Imperial War Museum, Manchester City Art Gallery, Tate Gallery, Whitworth Art Gallery and many more.
Exhibitions at Gallagher & Turner:
101 Years of British Art
15 September - 21 October 2017