Born in 1945 in Esher, Surrey, England, David Nash studied at the Kingston College of Art from 1963 to 1967. From 1969 to 1970 he completed Postgraduate studies at the Chelsea School of Art. In 1967 Nash moved to Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales. He was elected Royal Academician in 1999. He has also been appointed as a Research Fellow at the University of Northcumbria in Newcastle and he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Art and Design at Kingston University.