Paul Nash was a painter and designer working during the First World War and Interwar period. His war paintings are so expressive, many have a green hue which make me think of the gas and horror that must have hung over the scenes. His worked turned from landscape painting to a more surrealist atmosphere after the war. Like many artists of his time he turned to design (producing printed papers and textiles) to earn a living. He was fascinated with the moon which frequently appears in his landscapes, empty of people (Nash found figurative work difficult to pull off).

His colour palette is muted with earthy tones and pastels mingling to create a sense of everything being lit by moon light. His design work is very geometric with recognisable motifs (the moon, hills, landscapes) and the colours are very much of his era.

The moquette designs he produced for Frank Pick’s London Underground are gothic looking in ‘buff brown and green’ and feel very different to his other textile prints perhaps because of the restriction of the medium he was designing for.


Many of Paul’s designs were made for Cresta Silks, the company that took over Crysede fabrics.

The Tate have recently held a retrospective of his work although none of his textiles or paper prints are featured which I think is very sad.