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Force Of Nature – David Nash

Force Of Nature

Force Of Nature – David Nash looks at the life and work of one of Britain's most influential living sculptors. This 60-minute documentary traces 64-year-old Nash's artistic journey from London's Chelsea School of Art to the rugged mining landscape of Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales via the many solo and group exhibitions he has had throughout the world.

Best known for creating large sculptures in wood – shaping living trees or carving ones that have died naturally or been felled – this programme looks at Nash's artistic interventions with nature through the vast archive of footage captured by filmmaker Pete Telfer of the artist at work in his home and studio (a derelict chapel that he purchased after visiting Brancusi's studio in Paris).

The documentary builds on the filmmaker's unique relationship with Nash and the archive that he has been recording of the artist at work since 1996, giving viewers the chance to look afresh at the relationship between the artist and his materials.

Nash has exhibited throughout the world from America to Japan and Poland and remains true to his core principles; the work is formed from landscapes local to the exhibition space.

The film concludes with a look at Nash's latest and most extensive exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Looking back over an incredible life of work, Force Of Nature combines archive material, interviews with David's contemporaries, supporters and colleagues and revisits by David to some of the most influential locations in his career.


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