Bob Nash ~ Big Sur Artist Biography Gallery & Store Table of Contents
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Bob Nash, enigmatic, simple, brilliant, bizarre, paradoxical, irreverent and pious are some of the many adjectives that have been used to describe this artist, thinker, storyteller and one of the last of the true bohemians.  Loved by legends and losers alike, Bob defies mere adjectives and description.  His art, his life and his words are his adjectives and trying to describe him is like trying to explain his art.  One must view his art, hear his words, read his poetry and the words of those who knew and know him.  This site is merely an attempt at describing the gestalt of Bob Nash.

As a boy in Wyoming, Bob Nash was captivated by the colors, scents and sounds of our world and embraced by Nature. He saw the worst of human nature as a soldier during World War II, and once returned from the war he began a quest for balance and light that led him eventually to Monterey County, California. In 1950 Bobs friend the photographer Wynn Bullock introduced him to Cole Weston, who

Upon Meeting Bob Nash, 1964
Ric Masten

one wonders
about an eccentric
content to live and work
in the claustrophobic confines
of a tiny camper shell
perched on flimsy redwood piers
and in terrain so enormous
distance is measured
in light years

the word
on Partington Ridge is vertical
only on warm summer evenings
sprawled in the dry grass
by a towering uncloaked sky
hushed by the size of it all
while at my elbow
a monkish little guy
talks my leg off
piling the verbiage up
until there isn’t
nor will there ever be
a crock
large enough to contain it all

asked him to care for his father, the legendary photographer Edward Weston. Cole introduced Bob to Maud Oakes, a writer and artist who lived on Partington Ridge in the rugged, lovely country of Big Sur. Bob first saw the Big Sur coast from a passing steamer in 1937 and never forgot the impression made by the vista of mountains and sea, the hills dark with forests and golden with grass. 

Bob became an integral part of the remarkable and purely coincidental artist/thinker//world changer colony that flourished on Partington Ridge during the 1940s and into the early 60s. Henry Miller, famous and scandalous for his book
Tropic of Cancer and

other novels, held court on the Ridge with the likes of  Jungian pioneer Oakes, sculptor Harry Dick Ross, the diplomat Nicholas Roosevelt, the infamous anthropologist Jaime D’Angulo, spiritual author Jean Wharton and the celestial navigation expert and archaeologist Giles Healey,  among others. The mystic ridge also attracted the likes of photographers like the Westons, Wynn Bullock, Ansel Adams, artist George Choley and an endless string of the many famous writers who came from Carmel starting in the early 1920s.