He trained at the Leeds
College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art, and later taught at the
Camberwell School of Art.
Shortly after leaving
the Slade (c. 1958), John Nash set out to paint a six foot by four image
of a tiger pacing its cage. in London Zoo, he filled page after page with
drawings, enjoying the challenge of catching its shifting forms as it
moved rapidly round and round the pitifully small cage. But he never did
finish that piece.
These days he finds
painting a two foot square panel sufficiently daunting, and neither does
he paint tulips because they shift around the vase as you watch. An apple,
an orange or a pear knows its place but he's never painted a banana.
John Nash is a former
lecturer at the University of Essex, where he spent more than 30 years at
the University's Department of Art History and Theory, specialising in
17th century Dutch and 19th century French painting, and is
In December 2002 he held
an exhibition at the University, placing himself on public view as a piece
of living art. The exhibition, entitled 'Reflections: the Fruits of
Experience' meant the artist working in the window of the art gallery
whilst people watched him and his collection of still life paintings.
on gold foil
Oil on board by John Nash