David French’s sculpture involves the synthesis of working with carved wood and paint. He often starts by creating a number of elements and through both play, and trial and error the elements begin to take shape. The work is inspired by both natural and man-made sources and as the work evolves, he discovers the character, coherence, and balance that breathe life into each piece.
“I believe a work of art doesn’t have power unless it contains its own character. It goes far beyond the materials it took to make it. I want to create something that is spectacular in both its ordinariness and its extra ordinariness, in its familiarity and its unfamiliarity.”
David French was born in St. Louis and received his BFA at the Atlanta College of Art in Georgia. He moved to Seattle in the early 1990s after an extended stay in Europe, and has exhibited widely in numerous galleries across the country and in Europe.