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 by hand, choosing not to use maquettes or drawings and sculpting freely in a process of discovery.
Peter particularly enjoys working with reclaimed stone from ancient or historical buildings or stone surplus to restoration projects 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 because of the apparent but illusory simplicity and sometimes serenity of their creations.
After retirement from a medical career Peter’s pursuit of learning to sculpt took off. He began to sculpt stylised figurative pieces while generally ignoring his medical knowledge of the human form.
He has exhibited sculptures since 2018 including at:
• the Mall Galleries, London in the Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition 2019
• group exhibitions with the Oxford Sculptors Group (2020,2021) and the Cotswold Sculptors Association (2021)
• Gallery Different, Fitzrovia, London in the 2021 Annual Exhibition of Stonemasonry (the Worshipful Company of Stonemasons).