Norfolk artist, Neal French, creates figurative sculpture based on people doing ordinary things. His work encapsulates the essential characteristics of his subjects with abstract, pared-down forms.
French studied ceramics and sculpture at the Royal College of Art, (DesRCA 1st) under Arnold Machin. From 1958-72 he was Staff Designer/acting Chief Designer at Worcester Royal Porcelain Co Ltd, and subsequently Head of ceramics/3D Design at Hornsey College of Art/Middlesex Polytechnic (1972-91), until he was made Deputy Dean of Art and Design in 1988.
Born in Chelmsford, Essex and now living and working in Norfolk, French has undertaken numerous commissions for private and corporate clients and for public bodies, including 'Twiggy and Terence Donovan' for Grosvenor Estates, Mayfair, London; The Dereham War Memorial, Norfolk; 'The Bakers' for Kerry Foods, Spalding, Lincolnshire; 'The Painter' at Wickford Shopping Centre, Essex; and seven life-size figures at the Village Hall, Saracen's Head, Linconlshire. His life-size bronze, 'Fruit Picker', commissioned by Tiptree Parish Council, can be seen outside the Community Centre in Tiptree.
Neal French is an Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors (FRSS), and an Elected member of Society of Portrait Sculptors.