In the introduction to Ed Nash’s book, Paintings, Jodi Hays, a practicing artist, curator and art critic, says that his work is inextricably linked to the lives of his audience. Paintings is Nash’s first book featuring a selection of his abstract works. Published this year, it is the culmination of his most recent collection of canvases, many of which now belong in private and public collections in the United States and the United Kingdom.
In his paintings, Nash explores profound human experiences, like connecting with the sublime, and his own reverence of a created world. A common visual metaphor in Nash’s abstracts is the square, which floats, centers and anchors all of the works in Paintings. According to Nash, the square is a symbol for the center of spiritual change – the heart.
The works have an emotive center of questioning about existence that Nash is confronting: What does it mean to be human? How does one experience the divine? How does one change and transform? In Paintings, the images invite the viewer to deepen this line of questioning -they are touchstones for thought, inviting the viewer to consider, as Nash does, their place in this beautiful and broken world.