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Lecture – Paul Nash: A life in Pictures – James Russell

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As visitors to Tate Britain’s recent exhibition will have discovered, Paul Nash was one of the most extraordinary artists to work in 20th century Britain. A war artist in both world wars, Nash found in the British landscape and in ordinary objects – sticks, flints, an abandoned doll- the inspiration for works of art that are both witty and serious, personal and universal. This wide-ranging lecture explores Nash’s life and work, exploring certain well known paintings and offering a portrait of the artist as a humorous, emotionally complex man.

James Russell studied History at Pembroke College, Cambridge, but was galvanized into writing about art by a lengthy stint selling contemporary paintings and sculpture in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A passionate advocate of 20th century painting and design, James has written books on the life of Eric Ravilious, Paul Nash, Peggy Angus, Edward Bawden and Edward Seago. His exhibitions include ‘In Relation: 9 Artist Couples(RWA Bristol, forthcoming 2018), Edward Bawden (Dulwich Picture Gallery, forthcoming 2018), Centuty (Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, 2016), and Ravilious (DPG, 2015). Based in Bristol, he lectures all over Britain- and beyond.

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