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Neal French FRBS, SPS

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Sculptor Neal French FRBS, SPS
Neal French

About Neal French

Neal French is an Artist, Scholar, Author, Designer, Ceramicist - a man of many parts who has done portraits of such luminaries as Lady Thatcher, Sir Austin Bradford Hill etc. After careers first as ceramic designer and later as lecturer, he is now a full time sculptor. His work is primarily concerned with the standing human figure, simplified and subtly stylised. His main materials are ceramic or resin, with metal or stone finishes.

Exhibition History of Neal French

2014 Mandellís Gallery in Elm Hill
2013 Sculpt gallery. Colchester.
2011 The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral (solo)
2010 Winchester Cathedral (Society of Portrait Sculptors)
2005 ~ 2011 Sheridan Russell Gallery, Crawford Street London (group)
2009 Chalk Hill Contemporary Art, Guildford (group)
2009 The Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Mkt (with Sally Scott)
2008 @thegallery, Dereham Norfolk
2008 Open Studio Putney (with Sally Scott)
2004 The Gallery, Cork Street London (with Michael Aubrey)
1997 Concord Sylvania Gallery, Holborn London

Regular exhibitor with the Society of Portrait Sculptors

Numerous group exhibitions over the last twenty years, including the Royal Academy.

Biography / CV of Neal French

Neal French having originally trained as a sculptor, Neal has continued to produce small scale domestic sculpture and portrait heads, mostly in terracotta, throughout his careers as designer and teacher.

On leaving the Royal College of Art he worked successfully for fifteen years as a designer, modeller
and sculptor for Spode and Worcester Royal Porcelain Company Limited. This was followed by twenty years of teaching at Hornsey College of Art/Middlesex University, towards the end of which he began his continuing connection with Rye Pottery as freelance modeller.

He has written and edited various books and articles on ceramic subjects, including "Worcester Blue and White Porcelain 1751 - 1790 for Barrie and Jenkins, and Ceramic Painting for Batsford Complete Potter series.

Since leaving education he has worked as a sculptor, producing press-moulded stoneware figures, portrait heads and life size sculpture in GRP iron/bronze.

Awards and Prizes of Neal French

1960 Winner Design Award&Duke of Edinburgh Prize 1960
1992 Title of Emeritus Professor conferred by Middlesex University
2002 Elected Fellow of Royal British Society of Sculptors (ARBS 2000)
2002 Elected member of Society of Portrait Sculptors

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Neal French


Portrait Heads included those of Sire Austin Bradford, Lady Thatcher and Professor David Pye and Charles Clarke MP.

Qualifications / Education of Neal French

1949-53 Mid-Essex Technical College and School of Art, NDD Sculpture under TB Huxley-Jones
1955-58 Royal College of Art, DesRCA 1st Class Honours Ceramics, Sculpture under Arnold Machin

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Neal French

1972 Industrial Ceramics, Tableware
1998 The Potter`s directory of shape and form
2003 The Potter`s Encyclopedia of Color, Form and Decoration

Teaching Experience

Hornsey College of Art i/c ceramics 1972-4
Middlesex Polytechnic i/c 3D Design 1974-86
" " Deputy Dean 1986-91.

Price Range of Work

Neal French's work has a price range from £5,000 to £9,000

Mediums utilised

Neal French's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Neal French's work is found in the following categories on site:
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes (4)
Couples or Group Sculptures (3)
Parent - Child Sculpture (3)
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (3)
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures (2)
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Outdoor Outside Exterior Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (2)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures
Stylized People Sculptures
Family Groups Sculptures
Mother and Child, the Madonna, mother and children Sculptures
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines
Children Child Babies Infants Toddlers Kids Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
Calm Love and Affection Sculptures or Statues
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