Family Tree

The development of Nash’s artistic ideas are shown in this epic series of drawings, called Family Tree.

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Image: Family Tree by David Nash

Family Tree by David Nash, in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art

Date and material

  • 1967-2008 and 1994-2008
  • Pastel and charcoal on paper

If anyone looks at my work as a whole, it is like a tree, there are different branches and different themes but there are cross references to them. Each new branch of forms feeds back into the central trunk of the tree.

David Nash

The evolution of Nash’s practice

Family Tree shows how Nash’s works are related, each idea leading to another. It is an illustration of his artistic process, and his evolving research and discovery through his career and life.

It begins with Nash’s first major sculpture, Tower 1 – an elaborate, eight metre tall structure painted in primary colours. Subsequent panels show the development of his practice over time, moving towards simpler forms and colours, and the interconnections between ideas.

Nash talks about his Family Tree drawings

Listen to Nash explaining his Family Tree drawings. And coming soon, explore the Family Tree in detail with the iPad edition of Kew's souvenir book, David Nash at Kew Gardens.

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