NJ Artist Harold Nash to Exhibit “Landscapes”
Teaneck, NJ (February 20, 2006) – “Landscapes,” a collection of oil and acrylic paintings by New Jersey artist Harold Nash, will be on exhibit at the Edward Williams Gallery on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus from February 27 to March 31, 2006. There will be an opening reception with the artist on Sunday, March 5, from 2 – 4:30 p.m.
“Many of my paintings have derived from travels and are meant to abstract the essence of scenes that I found particularly appealing. Some are non-representational and are patterns stimulated by music,” says Nash. The collection of paintings that will be on exhibit at FDU consists of prairie scenes, mostly based on photographs but with interpretive changes. “While living in Minnesota, I visited a prairie remnant at different times of the year and was fascinated by the changing colors as different flowers came into bloom and by the way the mix of species differs with small local changes in soil moisture or soil type,” Nash describes, “They aren’t just grass. They are an extravagance of species coloring the landscape in yellow, white, red, purple and blue as each takes its turn at flowering.”
Nash hopes that his paintings will allow others to realize the beauty of the prairies. “Few prairies are left, so consequently most people have never had a chance to appreciate their beauty and diversity. By representing them in paintings and exhibiting the paintings, I hope to bring them to the attention of at least a few people.”
Nash spent the first 21 years of his life on a farm, developing a great appreciation for the outdoors. He began drawing for relaxation while in the navy during World War II and shifted to oil painting while completing graduate school. He earned a PhD in biochemistry from Purdue University and continued to paint in his spare time as a scientist. Since his retirement in 2003, painting has become a major avocation and he has had many exhibits in the New York and New Jersey area.
“Landscapes” will run for four and a half weeks and is free and open to the public. The Edward Williams Gallery is located at 150 Kotte Place, Hackensack, NJ, and is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 201-692-2449.