Peter Nash: Portraits in Fur

“The relationship between guardian and dog is unexplainable. My work interprets that love as a family heirloom that lives on after the parting.”


Peter Nash Nashville 2014

PORTRAITS IN FUR is the perfect reward for a portrait artist. Without love of subject there is no art. The connection between the subject and myself reflects that love.
I’ve gone from Dolly Parton to poodles. From George Jones to Jack Russells. From Lyle Lovett to Labradors. All in the blink of an eye. After 25 years of shooting Country Music artists (I saw more Men In Hats than a Marine DI) I’ve turned my lens to those who have provided a lifetime of love.





"Peter Nash: Portrait Photographer Extraordinare"

Peter Nash. The name sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Probably because Peter Nash’s reputation as one of the foremost photographers of celebrities, especially country music icons, is legendary. With a career that spans over 30 years, he’s photographed them all–Dolly, Hank, Waylon, Loretta and scores of other notable stars.

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"Dog Day Afternoons"

Will Rogers once said, “If you get to thinking you’re a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around.” So how does Peter Nash do it? Well, he treats all his subjects as celebrities. He says, “I approach a dog, in a sense, no different than if it was Dolly Parton.” He shoots in color, he exclaims enthusiastically, “because they are in fur coats!” Beautiful browns and creams and oranges and blacks shot in blocks of shapes transferred to canvas make for stunning portraits. What makes his work different is that he identifies himself as a portrait artist as opposed to a photographer and likes his portraits to look like art on canvas, by using light in the same way classic artists did.

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"His Passion Is Pooches"

Peter Nash built his career photographing celebrities and country music icons carving out a solid reputation in the entertainment world. Now he’s turned his lens and artist aesthetic towards lovable creatures of another sort, dogs. As a portraiture artist, Nash shoots pets in their home environment, whether it’s opulent estates or modest ranches, and through his stunning use of light, he’s able to show their personalities within the detailed moment of a single shot. The results are quite extraordinary.

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Celebrity Clients

  • Johnny Cash
  • Kenny Rogers
  • Willie Nelson
  • Julia Roberts
  • Faith Hill
  • Al Green
  • Barbara Mandrell
  • Reba
  • The Judds
  • Hank Williams Jr.
  • Alabama
  • Tim McGraw
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Pam Tillis
  • Merle Haggard
  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Glen Campbell
  • Chet Atkins
  • Amy Grant
  • Loretta Lynn
  • Alan Jackson
  • Carl Perkins
  • George Jones
  • Tanya Tucker
  • Wynonna Judd
  • The Mavericks
  • Tammy Wynette
  • LoneStar
  • John Denver
  • Charlie Daniels
  • Travis Tritt
  • Steve Earle
  • Rosanne Cash
  • Sawyer Brown
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Waylon Jennings
  • Leanne Rimes
  • John Anderson
  • George Strait
  • Shirley Caesar
  • George Benson
  • Lou Gossett Jr.
  • Quincy Jones
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Russ Taff
  • Lee Greenwood
  • JoDee Messina
  • Don McLean
  • Sylvestor
  • Rodney Crowell
  • Tom T. Hall
  • Yolanda Adams
  • Ronnie Milsap
  • Boomer Esiason
  • Patty Loveless
  • Florence Henderson
  • Eddit Rabbit
  • Mighty Clouds of Joy
  • Andy Andrews
  • Dwight Yoakam
  • Ashley Judd
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Statler Brothers
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Lamar Alexander
  • Oak Ridge Boys
  • Alison Krauss
  • Dolly Parton

Corporate Clients

  • Time/Warner
  • Frito Lay
  • Miller Lite
  • Budweiser
  • Gibson Guitar
  • Kellogg's
  • Warner Brothers Records
  • RCA Records
  • MCA Records
  • Sony Records
  • EMI Records
  • Seaman Corp

Publications

  • People
  • Time
  • TV Guide
  • Newsweek
  • LA Times
  • NY Times
  • Country America
  • USA Today
  • Rolling Stone
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • RedBook

Gallery Exhibitions

  • Sarrat Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • “Diana’s, Brownies, Pinholes,” 1989
  • Cheekwood Fine Arts Center, Nashville, TN
    “Nash: Nashville Names” 1991
  • The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC
    “Shooting Stars” 1992
  • University of North Alabama Fine Arts Gallery, Florence, AL
    “NashvilleNames” 1992
  • AKA Gallery, Nashville, TN
    “Frame Sarrat Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • “Diana’s, Brownies, Pinholes,” 1989
    Cheekwood Fine Arts Center, Nashville, TN
  • “Nash: Nashville Names” 1991
    The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC
  • “Shooting Stars” 1992
    University of North Alabama Fine Arts Gallery, Florence, AL
  • AKA Gallery, Nashville, TN
    “Frame of Reference 1994
  • Nashville International Airport /Portraits in Fur 2013
  • Bennett Gallery /“Dogs of Summer” 2008
  • Gallery 202/ “Portraits in Fur” 2012

Education

Graduated BFA
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, CA 1979