Nathan Cash Davidson

Selected works by Nathan Cash Davidson

Nathan Cash Davidson
Aphorism By The King To Destroy Forever

2012

Oil on board

122 x 91 cm
Nathan Cash Davidson
Your flee not fear cauldron stirring wounds

2015

Oil on canvas

214 x 153 cm
Nathan Cash Davidson
So It Is Decreed And So It Shall Be Done

2010

Oil on canvas

163 x 122.5 cm

Henry VIII strides out of the painting, his unwieldy gold chain glittering, his eyes staring glassily ahead, a severed female head held aloft behind him, and seems to intone the title of the painting itself - So It Is Decreed And So It Shall Be Done. If the title seems a bit too extravagantly theatrical to be genuine Tudor, it’s because it is: Henry’s dead eyes and tumbling jowls are those of his Madame Tussauds mannequin, painted by Nathan Cash Davidson in a style of semi-detached sarcasm. In Davidson’s paintings, historical and imagined narratives are told as though half-heard, half-understood, but the space in his works is conversely overstuffed, both gesturally and pictorially, like the dummy Henry with his enormous shoulders.

Nathan Cash Davidson
Angelic Fever

2010

Oil on board

40 x 30 cm

There’s a joyous abundance in Davidson’s paintings, a delight in the historical anachronism of the act of painting. In Angelic Fever, St Michael slams the Devil in the neck with a bendy pole, while a thicket of branches in the background (culled from an image found online of a snow-capped wood) struggles for pictorial supremacy. Disregarding pictorial niceties (anatomical accuracy, compositional logic, tonal consistency) means Davidson’s painting is invested with the immediacy of a story told by an excited child: words tumble out, in whatever order they happen to appear.

Nathan Cash Davidson
Nobody Can Stop The Wooden Top Boy

2008

Acrylic on canvas

76 x 60 cm

And in Nobody Can Stop The Wooden Top Boy, a scene from a surreal fairy tale written by the artist, a stag half-grimaces, half-grins at a stern older woman appearing by a waterfall: that sheepish, secretly delighted smile epitomises the gleeful picaresque of Davidson’s painted world.


Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional information and images – Nathan Cash Davidson

hannahbarry.com
Hannah Barry Gallery – representing gallery, selected works, current and past show information etc…

parasol-unit.org
An artist and lyricist with a uniquely compelling visual language, Cash Davidson makes paintings featuring such diverse figures as King Henry VIII, Mr. Punch, George Bush and Ali G. Historical and popular cultural characters and the artist’s own family members meet animated gargoyles and mournful mythological creatures in otherworldly forests, cathedrals, desert islands and council estates; boldly rendered in vital, swirling jewel colours.

thefirstpost.co.uk
Nathan Cash Davidson is a young painter whose work commands a rich psychic language - as you'll find out from this, his first ever show. Although the actual content of his language is unclear, even incoherent, it's an emphatic communication, made visible through boldly exciting, painterly expressiveness.