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DAVE MCKEAN

Black Dog - The Dreams of Paul Nash

28 May 2016 - 17 June 2017

KENDAL, LONDON, RYE, ASHFORD & DERBY

Image credit: BLACK DOG The Dreams of Paul Nash by Dave McKean 2016

Black Dog - The Dreams of Paul Nash

Image credit: BLACK DOG The Dreams of Paul Nash by Dave McKean 2016

The painter Paul Nash joined the British army when he was 25 years old, signing up six weeks after the start of the First World War. The appalling experiences he endured, first as a soldier and later as an official war artist, prompted him to create paintings of disturbing, lasting power. Nash’s paintings have inspired this major new work by Dave McKean, the highly acclaimed illustrator, filmmaker and musician.

I’d like to explore Paul Nash’s role in the birth of modernism and surrealism, and how those movements were actually witnessed by Nash in the dream-/nightmare-like battlefields of the war. He used the landscape that he loved to try to deal with what he’d been through, and to try and find calm and solace beyond.’ Dave McKean

Dave McKean has previously collaborated with figures as diverse as Neil Gaiman, Richard Dawkins and Heston Blumenthal. In May 2016, McKean’s response to Nash’s work was issued as a special limited-edition book before being published as a graphic novel in October at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Black Dog launched with a series of multimedia performances, with text, images and music performed by McKean and friends.

I am no longer an artist. I am a messenger who will bring back word… to those who want the war to go on forever. It will have a bitter truth, and may it burn their lousy souls.’ Paul Nash, writing home from the frontline

Read our full interview with illustrator Dave McKean, where he talks about how Paul Nash influenced this new commission.

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, The Lakes International Comic Art Festival and On a Marché sur la Bulle

Dates, Times & Locations

28 May 2016
Launch of limited-edition publication
UK premiere of multimedia performance
Kendal Town Hall

13 July 2016
Talk with Dave McKean, Rachel Cooke and Richard Slocombe and book signing
House of Illustration
King’s Cross, London

18 September, 1pm
Performance
Rye Arts Festival

16 October
Launch of main publication
Performance
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival
The Box, Kendal College

11 November, 7.45pm
Performance
Revelation St Mary’s, Ashford

13 November, 2.30pm
Performance
Tate Britain

13 November, 4pm
Decoding the dreams of Paul Nash – talk with Emma Chambers, curator of British Art at Tate and Dave McKean
Tate Britain

17 June, 8pm
Derby Book Festival: Closing Event
QUAD, Derby

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