A painter of landscapes and still lifes John Nash (1893-1977) had no formal art training but was encouraged by his brother, Paul Nash, to develop his abilities as a draughtsman. His health initially prevented him from enlisting at the outbreak of the First World War but he later served in the Artists Rifles, and, on the recommendation of his brother, worked as a war artist from 1918. John Nash is one of the few official war artists for both the First and Second World Wars.
Nash taught at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art and later the Royal College of Art. As well as a respected landscape artist Nash was also an accomplished printmaker and botanical artist. A founder of the Colchester Art Society Nash was appointed a Royal Academician and his retrospective exhibition at the RA was the first for a living artist.
Andy Friend is an art historian, author and curator whose original research led to the publication of a long overdue biography of this important 20th century British artist. John Nash: The Landscape of Love and Solace was accompanied by an exhibition at Towner Eastbourne in summer 2021, before touring to Compton Verney. In this talk Andy Friend explores the Nash's fascinating story, highlighting the artist’s versatility and his wide network of artist friends.