Our Sculptors

Neal French FRSS

Neal French is a figurative sculptor working mainly in clay, later fired or for casting into bronze.
East of England

I studied sculpture under T B Huxley-Jones and Arnold Machin, and worked first in the ceramic industry as a designer and then as an art school lecturer. Throughout, I made sculpture and for the last twenty years have done nothing else.

My sculpture is about the ability of simplified human figures to convey ideas. In particular it is concerned with the relationship between figures and the way in which those relationships change as figures are moved closer, or apart, turned towards or away from each other. Typically a piece derives from an image of a figure that seems entirely characteristic of that person, but which at the same time carries abstract qualities and possibilities. All of the work is about balancing those two elements and using the qualities of the materials to express them.