Tom Nash (1913-2013)
Thomas John Nash, RCamA (1931-2013). Welsh artist Nash was a well-known painter, teacher and lecturer. He was born at Ammanford in Carmarthenshire. Tom Nash, as he was best known, studied at Carmarthen School of Art and Swansea College of Art 1949-54 and later in Paris. In his early years as an artist he won the Crawshaw Travel Scholarship during which time he shared a studio with the American abstract artist Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) and had a studio in Biot in the Alpes-Maritimes. Nash exhibited for many years with the Royal Cambrian Academy, of which group he was a member, and he also had one man shows with the Bear Lane Gallery in Oxford, Howard Roberts Gallery in Cardiff, the Redfern Gallery, and Gallery 10 Limited and the Gagliardi Gallery both in London. He exhibited in mixed shows across the country, including at the Arnolfini (Bristol) and Attic (Swansea) Galleries, and also in Europe. Throughout his life he spent time travelling and painting in France and across Europe, which – along with Wales, nature and colour – served as inspiration for a range and variety of works. Nash’s work is held in numerous Public Collections in Wales and worldwide, including the National Museum of Wales, the National Library of Wales, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea, Cardiff University and Carmarthenshire County Museum. His private and public commissioned works are also held in the collections of a number of commercial and academic bodies and organisations worldwide and he contributed interviews to television and radio Arts programmes.