Artist biography

John NASH b. 1893

Painter of landscape and still life in oil and watercolour, wood engraver and illustrator. Born 11 April 1893 in London. At first worked as a journalist for a local paper but, encouraged by his brother Paul Nash and without academic training, turned to watercolour landscapes and comic drawings. Exhibited with his brother at the Dorien Leigh Galleries 1913; first one-man show at the Goupil Gallery 1921. Member of the Friday Club 1913, the London Group 1914, the Cumberland Market Group 1915, the N.E.A.C. and the Society for Wood Engravers 1921, the Modern English Water-Colour Society 1923; A.R.A. 1940, R.A. 1951. Began to paint in oils 1914. Served with the Artists' Rifles 1916–18; Official War Artist 1918. Lived at Gerrards Cross 1918–21. First art critic on the London Mercury 1919. Moved to Princes Risborough and taught at the Ruskin School, Oxford, 1922–7; taught at the R.C.A. 1934–40 and 1945–57. Executed a large mural for the Paris Exhibition 1937. Joined the Observer Corps 1939; Official War Artist to the Admiralty 1940; demobilized 1944 and went to live in Essex at Wormingford, near Colchester. Retrospective exhibition at the Leicester Galleries 1954.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II