Peter Nava’s work includes both stylised figurative and abstract stone sculptures. His preference is to carve English and French limestones and alabaster. He practises direct carving choosing not to use maquettes or drawings and sculpting freely in a process of discovery.
He has exhibited sculptures at Kingham Lodge during the spring of 2018 and the 2018 Open Rugby Art Gallery and Museum exhibition (November – January 2019), the Mall Galleries, London in the Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition (July 2019) and at Spetchley Park, Worcestershire (August/September 2020 as a member of the Oxford Sculptors Group). I have recently joined the Cotswold Sculptors Association. He is exhibiting with them in their group exhibition The Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury, Wiltshire between 21st March and the 31st May 2021.
Peter particularly enjoys working with reclaimed stone from ancient or historical buildings or stone surplus to restoration work or once worked before by an unknown stone-mason and probably with the same simple tools. He uses power tools infrequently.
He is most inspired by the sculpture from early civilisations and mediaeval church carvings but also the work of the late 19th / early 20th century French and English artists such as Henri Laurens and Eric Gill together with Modigliani because of the apparent but illusory simplicity and serenity of their creations.
After retirement from a medical career Peter’s interest in learning to sculpting took off. He began to sculpt stylised figurative pieces in which generally he ignores his medical knowledge of the human form. He spent 3 years self-teaching before he discovered that the sculptor and Jude Tucker lived and worked locally to him. She then began to mentor Peter at her workshop as part of a small collective of sculptors which used to meet over the last few years.
Peter has found the creation of sculptures by the process of destroying of the existing façade of the stone and extracting new form to be fulfilling beyond expectation.