Will French was born in Melbourne and spent time growing up as an expatriate in Korea and Jakarta. He has been practicing as an artist based in Sydney since early 2000.
French’s work follows a thread of wry humour and playfulness. Addressing a broad range of issues and ideas, from the popular to the political. The artist’s work playfully examines his own position and places it in a manner that encourages the viewer to accept his terms. French often uses familiar, accessible objects and amplifies their reading through a slight tweak or blatant unending.
French has a multi-disciplinary practice. A primary trait of his practice is the gathering of new processes and skills. Intentionally challenging himself, each new work requires new skill sets in order to realise the work. Works have included: a remote control rock guitar; soft sculptured instruments; traditionally sewn flags; production and racing of a demolition derby car; chocolate wheels of death; and a motorcycle powered sewing machine.
Completing a Masters in Visual Arts in 2004 at Sydney College of the Arts, French has been building a diverse and challenging body of work. He is also a two-time finalist of the Helen Lempriere NSW Traveling Arts Scholarship, and the 2008 recipient of the Flauvette Loureiro Memorial Artist Travel Scholarship.
Image © Will French UnAustralian Made 2009, Reused antique woolen fabric, canvas and rope. 1600 x 2400 mm.