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Paul Nash
Dates: British, 1889 - 1946
Biographical Account:

The war artist Paul Nash was born in London on 11th May 1889.


Nash was a printmaker, designer, writer and photographer. He was mainly self-taught although he briefly attended the Slade School of Art, London in 1910.


Nash was a part of Unit One and helped bring together the abstract and Surrealist tendencies in British art in 1933. He then became a member of the committee of the International Surrealists Exhibition in London in 1936.


In 1940 Nash was made an Official War Artist to the Royal Air Force. He made many studies of planes and wrecked enemy aircraft which were vivid re-interpretations of the scenes he witnessed.


Nash also had a great interest in photography, as a way of recording ideas for pictures and as an art form in itself. His photos discover a connection between the known world and the worlds of the subconscious, the mystical and the supernatural.


Nash died in 1946.


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