Kirsten Nash, KNASH, KNASHDesigns

Vancouver, Canada

"“The soul of my art or music will never be static…it will always move to it’s own beat.”"
Kirsten Nash has often been called a “Renaissance Woman”. This Canadian artist, composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist has played saxophone and sung with touring acts such as Long John Baldry, Alfie Zappacosta, as well as playing in countless bands, jamming with performers such as Stephen Stills, Boz Scaggs, Jeff Healey and Tom Jones over the years in Vancouver. She was, until recently, a member of the iconic West Coast favourites, the R&B Allstars for over 25 years and played saxophone for the inaugural year of the Vancouver Grizzlies games.

As a composer Kirsten has written two rock operas; “Alice in Modernland”, which was work-shopped off –Broadway by Maxwell Productions and had it’s world premier at Sledgehammer Theatre in San Diego, then “The Bird and the Waterfall”, which was work-shopped and filmed in West Vancouver at the Kay Meek theatre.

Kirsten’s first CD was the critically acclaimed “Bridging the Gap”, released in 1994. Upon returning to live performance and the studio after a hiatus to raise her children, Kirsten recorded her second CD, “The View From Here”, released in 2012, followed in 2014 by an EP called “Salvador Dolly” then “A Feather and a Scale”, which was released on December 10th, 2015.

Throughout the span of her colourful musical career Kirsten has always created visual art; from ceramic sculptures to oil and acrylic paintings, she has explored her own soul as well as that of the world around her, often embracing her love of music and nature with her subjects. Kirsten’s paintings have been shown at Art!Vancouver 2016, 2017, 2018, and highlighted on their catalogue covers, as well as in their advertising and several other art books, magazines and online publications. Her work was shown at the Red Dot Art Fair Miami 2016, Art New York 2016, the DMF Gala at the Hotel Hermitage in Monaco, and the Princess Grace Academy during the Monaco Grand Prix and was also placed in an exhibition at the Gallerie Carre Dore in Monaco that featured two of her paintings, including “Drama Queen” in it’s window. Kirsten is self-taught, and first and foremost follows her heart when choosing subjects, which allows her work the freedom to evolve constantly. “As soon as I feel like I’m being put in a box, I start looking for ways out!” Nash laughs. “The soul of my art or music will never be static…it will always move to it’s own beat.”

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