Christopher French


Christopher French Biography

When asked about his work Christopher French states, "My approach to making art catalyzed in 1986, when I found a book of Braille paper on the streets of New York. At first only the vigorous textures of the paper caught my eye, but I quickly became fascinated with the textual as well as the textural potential of my materials.” His more recent works expand on this idea and feature dozens to hundreds of “T-Tops” from the New York Times masthead logo, on uniform backgrounds that push forward the color and iconography of the typeset, barely recognizable in a sea of identical forms. French’s works are intricate explorations of color, texture, and form - combined in ways to simultaneously connote harmony and contradiction.

French is known foremost as a painter, but also as a curator, arts administrator, art critic, and teacher of art. He was born in St. Louis in 1957, grew up in Sacramento, and lived for many years in Washington D.C. and Texas. His work has been widely exhibited in Texas, on both coasts, and abroad. He has received a Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County Fellowship (2003), a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship (1999), a Cité Internationale des Arts Residency Grant (1996), and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1993). In 2003 the Galveston Art Center organized a twelve year survey of the artist’s work. The exhibition traveled to Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX and Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, TX. The artist currently lives and works in Long Island, New York.