Neville French

1955 | Victoria

There is no doubt that Neville French is one of Australia’s most revered classical ceramicists. His humble, pared down porcelain structures explore a sincere engagement with the environment, paying homage to vast topographies, and silent, spiritual landscapes. A guiding principle of French’s work is the transformative effect of light on surface planes but through this mechanism, his works summon the eye across solid forms and into hollow spaces. By gently manipulating his thrown vessels French has developed a unique visual language, in an attempt to distil the very essence of place. This relationship is further grounded through hand crafted glazes created from materials which French personally mines at various locations around Australia.

French is a celebrated artist whose work is held in various state and national institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria.

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NEVILLE FRENCH

Born 1955 Maryborough, Victoria.

Lives Buninyong, Victoria.

 

Education

2000: MA Fine Art, Research (Ceramics) RMIT University, Melbourne.

1983: Certificate of Stoneware Glazes, Brisbane CAE.

1980: Grad. Dip of Education, Hawthorn State College, Melbourne.

1976: Diploma of Fine Art (Ceramics) Ballarat CAE.

 

Selected Exhibitions

2022: Cloudlight, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2021: Cultivate, Belinda Fox, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
(collaborative ceramics) Mutual Realities: Finding common ground in
uncertain times
, Art Gallery of Ballarat (with Rhonda Baum)

2017: Tilt, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney (with Belinda
Fox)

2015: From the Landscape, Kerry Lowe Gallery, Sydney (with Cathy
Franzi)

2013:  Hua Ping, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
(collaborative ceramics with Belinda Fox)

2012:  Give & Take, Beaver Galleries, Canberra
(collaboration with Belinda Fox)

2011:  Slip, Belinda Fox, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
(collaborative ceramics)

2010:  Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne

2009:  Galerie Rosenhauer, Goettingen, Germany

2007:  Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

2004:  Galerie Hors- Saison, Melbourne

2000:  Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

1999:  Nancy Margolis Gallery, NYC, USA

1997:  Ararat Art Gallery, Victoria

1997:  Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne

1995:  Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020:  Porcelain, Beaver Galleries, Canberra

2020:  Federation University 150 Anniversary trail, Art
Gallery of Ballarat

2019: Gifted, Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne

2019: Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award, Manningham Gallery,
Melbourne

2019: Making: The Quiet Voices, Wayside Pavilion, Hobart

2018:  Fieldwork, School of Clay and Art (SoCA), Melbourne

2017: Victorian Craft Award, Craft Victoria, Melbourne (finalist)

2017: Ceramics Collection 17, Manly Art Gallery & Museum,
Sydney

2017: 90×90: 90 Artworks from 90 Years of Collecting, Whitehorse
Arts Centre, Box Hill, Melbourne

2016: Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast Art
Gallery, Surfers Paradise, Qld

2016: Contemporary Porcelain, Ten Australian Masters, Kerrie Lowe
Gallery, Sydney

2016: Highlights from the Victoria Ceramics Collection, Whitehorse
Artspace, Box Hill Town Hall, Melbourne

2015: Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Art Gallery, Hobart (finalist)

2015: Victorian Craft Award, Craft Victoria, Melbourne (finalist)

2015: Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award, Manningham Art
Gallery, Victoria, (finalist)

2015: Belonging: Embodied Commentaries Inspired by Place, ANU
School of Art, Canberra

(In conjunction with the Australian Ceramics Triennial)

2015: Contemporary Clay, Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney

2015: Welcome to Table, Pomegranate Hall, Castlemaine State
Festival, Victoria

2015: Earth, Fire and Water 50 years of Shaping the Elements,
Castlemaine Art Gallery, Victoria

2014: Terroir, Jamfactory at Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley, South
Australia

2014: Australia/Korea Invitational Exhibition, Hanyang University
Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2014: The Course of Objects; The Fine Lines of Inquiry, Manly Art
Gallery, Sydney NSW

2014: Important Exhibition of Australian Ceramics, Mossgreen
Gallery, Melbourne

2013:  Small Works, Beaver Galleries, Canberra

2013: Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award, Melbourne, Victoria

2012: Cecily and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award, National
Gallery of Victoria, (Finalist)

2012: VITRIFY Alcoso Ceramic Award, Jamfactory Craft & Design
Centre, Adelaide SA (winner)

2012: Enduring Forms, Aptos Cruz Gallery, Stirling SA (both In
conjunction with the Australian

Ceramics Triennale SA)

2012: Recent Acquisitions and Works on Paper, Art Gallery of
Ballarat, Victoria

2012: Scope 012, Arts Academy PO Gallery, University of Ballarat,
Victoria

2011:  Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Council
Chambers, Sydney (Finalist)

2011: A Day at the Beach, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany

2011: Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award, Manningham, Victoria,
(Finalist)

2011: National Ceramics Award Clunes, Victoria, (Finalist)

2011: Scope, Arts Academy PO Gallery, University of Ballarat,
Victoria

2010: National Ceramics Award Clunes, Victoria (Winner)

2010: 27th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast
City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise,

Queensland (Finalist)

2010: City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery,
Hobart, Tas (Finalist)

2010: Colour, Texture, Form, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers
Paradise, Queensland

2010: Scope, Arts Academy PO Gallery, University of Ballarat,
Victoria

2009: Tablewares: Contemporary International Ceramics, Rex Irwin
Art Dealer, Sydney

2009: Here/Now, Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

2009: Scope, Arts Academy PO Gallery, University of Ballarat,
Victoria

2008: Vessel/Sculpture, German and International Ceramics Since
1946

2008: Grassi Museum of Applied Art, Leipzig, Germany

2008: Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast City
Art Gallery, Qld

2008: Gift of Rod Fyffe, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria

2007: Celebration, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney, NSW

2006: Australische Impressionen, Galerie Rosenhauer, Goettingen,
Germany

2006: Innovations: Melbourne- Hong Kong, Nellie Casten Gallery,
Melbourne

2006: Tainted Love: Contemporary Developments in Landscape, Bendigo
Art Gallery

2006: Encrusted: Australian Woodfired Ceramics, Skepsi Gallery,
Melbourne

2005: Porcelain- Three Makers, Beaver Galleries, Canberra

2006: City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Art Gallery, Hobart, TAS

2006: COLLECT, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK. (Australian
Contemporary)

2006: Light Matters, Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

2006: University of Ballarat Ceramics, Arts Academy PO Gallery,
Ballarat, Victoria

 

Selected Awards

2013: Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award – Acquisition Award

2012: WINNER – VITRIFY Alcorso Ceramic Award

2010: WINNER – National Clunes Ceramics Award

2008: Project Grant – New Work VAB Australia Council

2008: Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award – Acquisition Award

2005: International Touring & Export Grant- Arts Victoria

2004: Craft in Site Grant, Craft Victoria

2001: Project Grant – New Work VACF Australia Council

2000: National Craft Acquisition Award, MAGNT, Darwin

1999: Public Art Work, Ballarat Police and Law Courts

1997: Project Grant – New Work VACF Australia Council

1977: Australia Council Crafts Board Grant to work with Master Craftsman
John Gilbert

 

Selected Bibliography

2019: Kylie Gusset, Manifesting A Quiet Space; A review of three major
exhibitions at the Hobart Triennale
, Australian Ceramics Journal, Vol 57
No 2 p.112

2017: Neville French, Neville French talks about his recent
collaboration with Belinda Fox
, The Australian Ceramics Journal, July 2017

2017: Lucy Stranger, Tilt, Belinda Fox and Neville French, Artist
Profile magazine online, Nov 2017

2014: Neville French, Mungo Light Vessels, Craft Arts
International, No 90, 2014 p 48- 49

2014: Ceramics Monthly Arts Yearbook & Annual Buyers Guide, Awards, 2014
p 40

2012: Bonnie Cassidy, Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award,
Art Review 2012

2012: Kerry- Anne Cousins, Empathy adds to Ambience, Canberra Times
28th March 2012

2012: Brett Ballard, Belinda Fox/Neville French in collaboration,
Ceramics Art and Perception Issue 88 p 112-114 June 2012

2011: Altair Roelants, ‘The Narrative of Place’, A collaborative journey
with Belinda Fox and Neville French
, The Journal of Australian Ceramics,
Issue 50/3 Nov 2011 p 20-25

2011: ‘A Day at the Beach’: Handwerk Gallery, Munich, Germany 2011,
Compact Disk

2011: Neville French, In My Studio, The Journal of Australian
Ceramics Issue 49/2 July 2011, p78 -81 issue cover

2010: Jeffrey B Snyder, Ceramics Today, Schiffer Publishing, USA
2010, p.70-71

2009: Peter Schmitt, Land, Sky, Colour, Light: Neville French Master of
Glaze
, New Ceramics, Germany, Oct. 2009

2009: Peter Schmitt, Neville French in Goettingen, Keramic
Magazine, Germany Oct 2009. P.6

2008: Olaf Thormann, Vessel/Sculpture: German and International Ceramics
Since 1946
, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Germany, 2008

2007: Neville French, Luminous as the Moon: An Inspiration, The
Journal of Australian Ceramics, 46 #3

2006: Peter Schmitt, Australische Impressionen, Neue Keramik,
Germany, Dec 2006, p 46

2006: Peter Schmitt, Australische Keramik in Gottingen, Keramik
Magazine, Germany, p 7 (Image)

2006: Neville French, Place and Identity, Innovations: Melbourne- Hong
Kong
, RMIT University, Melbourne 2006

2005: Stephan Bowers, Australian Contemporary, A Sense of Place,
Ceramics Art & Perception, #58

2005: Ceramic Review: International Magazine of Ceramic Art and Craft UK,
Far and Wide, Jan/ Feb 2005 (Image)

2005: Kathleen Fisher, Porcelain, Canberra City Search, Fairfax
digital, Oct 2005

2003: Peter Lane, Contemporary Studio Porcelain, A & C Black,
UK 2003, p 20 (Image)

2003: Suzzanne J.E. Tourtillott, 500 Bowls: Contemporary Explorations of
a Timeless Form
, Lark Books, USA, 2003, pg 302, 402

2001: Contemporary Australian Design CD, Object Galleries Sydney, 2001

2000: Neville French, Porcelain Bowl Refined, Pottery in Australia
39/4 2000 pp 28- 30

2000: Kevin White, The Porcelain Bowl Redefined, profile of Neville
French, Craft Arts International No 47 1999-2000 pp 34-36

1999: Helen Stephens, Simple Slam: A Ceramic Aesthetic, Ceramics
Art and Perception No 38 1999, pp 100-102

1999: Neville French, Ballarat to SoHo, Craft Victoria Bulletin No
2 1999

1998: Sandra Jane and Max Darby, Art Is, Making, Creating, Appreciating,
Jacaranda Wiley Ltd,  p 153

1998: Don Davis, Wheel-Thrown Ceramics, Lark Books, USA 1998 pg 65

1997: Monument Architecture & Design, Still-Life Ceramics of Neville
French No19 1997

1997: Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Neville French: Thought and Action in Tune,
Ceramics Art and Perception No 27 1997, pp 39-40

1997: Joseph Pascoe, Neville French- exhibition comment, Craft
Victoria Bulletin No 2 1997

1996: Kim Hornby, Neville French, Pottery in Australia – Autumn,
Issue 35/1 1996 pp 38-39

 

Exhibition Catalogues

2019: Making: The Quiet Voices, Waterside Pavilion, Hobart, May

2017: Tilt, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney August

2014: Terroir, Jamfactory at Seppeltsfield, SA, 26 Set -23 November

2014: The Course of Objects, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney. May

2014: Australia/Korea Ceramics, Hanyang University Gallery, Seoul, Korea.
April

2014: Important Exhibition of Australian Ceramics, Mossgreen Gallery,
Melbourne. Feb

2013: Hua Ping, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong Nov (collaboration with
Belinda Fox)

2013: Containment: Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award 2012, The
Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia at Federation Square, Melbourne 2012/13

2012: Give & Take, Beaver Galleries Canberra ( Collaboration with
Belinda Fox )

2011: Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Council, Sydney

2011: Slip, collaborative ceramics with Belinda Fox, Arthouse Gallery,
Sydney

2010: Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Art Gallery and Museum

2010: Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award

2010: Neville French, Mungo Light, Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne 2010

2010: Prue Venables & Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Tablewares: An International
Collection, Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Sydney

2007: Prue Venables, Celebration, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney

2006: Peter Schmitt, Australian Impressionen, Galerie Rosenhauer,
Goettingen, Germany

2006: Christopher Sanders, Innovative Ceramics: Melbourne- Hong Kong, Nellie
Castan Gallery

2005: Stephan Bowers, Australian Contemporary: A Survey of a Sense of Place,
COLLECT, Victoria and Albert Museum UK

2005: City of Hobart Art Prize, Ceramics/ Painting, Hobart Art Gallery

2004: Anna Maas, Celebrating the Master, Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne

2004: Sarah Bond & Dr Kevin Murray, Heresy: The Secret Language of
Materials, Craft Victoria

2002: Kirstin Fitzpatrick, Less is More/ Less is a Bore, Brisbane City
Gallery, June

2002: Allison Gray, National Craft Acquisition Award, Museum and Art Gallery
of the Northern Territory, August

2000: Marianne Heller, Australishe Keramik, Galerie Marianne Heller,
November

2000: RMIT Postgraduates 2000, RMIT University, Melbourne

1999: Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art (SOFA) Chicago, The Sybaris
Gallery

1996: Peter Hayes, Vessel, Contemporary Australian Ceramics, Canberra School
of Art Gallery

1996: Jim Logan, Stillness, Craft ACT Gallery, June

1996: Owen Rye, Australian Woodfire Survey: Strathnaire Homestead Gallery,
Canberra

1991: Prue Venables, Aspects, RMIT Gallery

 

Newspaper articles

Kerry-Anne Cousins, Mastering the Fine Art of Miniature, Canberra Times,
December 14, 2013

Kerry-Anne Cousins, Empathy adds to Ambience, Canberra Times, March 28, 2012

Chloe Pollard, International eyes on artists, Ballarat Courier, Aug 28, 2008

Megan Backhouse, Age Newspaper, 48 Hours Critical Guide, Dec 1, 2007

Alissa Kelly, Unique Ceramic Art Lands German Invitation, Ballarat Courier,
September 16, 2005

Rebecca Lancashire, The Subtle Charms of Fired Clay, The Age, Domain,
December 16, 1999

William L. Hamilton, From Handmade to High Style, New York Times, USA,
February 25, 1999 (Image)

Helen Greenwood, The New Stone Age, Sydney Morning Herald, August 5, 1999

Claire Hunter, Potters Pieces to go on Show in NY, Ballarat Courier, 1998

Ellizabeth Findlay, Inviting Contemplation, Canberra Times, July 12, 1996

 

Public Commissions

Ballarat Town Hall

Ballarat Botanic Gardens

Ballarat Police and Law Courts

Ballarat Childcare Centre

 

Collections

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT; National Gallery of Victoria,
Melbourne, Victoria; South Australian Art Gallery, Adelaide, SA; Queensland Art
Gallery, Brisbane, Qld; Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney, NSW; Museum and
Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin, NT; Shepparton Art Gallery,
Victoria; Gold Cost City Art Gallery, Queensland; Perc Tucker Regional Gallery,
Townsville, Qld; Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Victoria; Bendigo Art Gallery,
Victoria; Hamilton Art Gallery, Victoria; Castlemaine Art Gallery, Victoria;
Devonport Art Gallery, Tasmania; The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne
University, Victoria; University of Wollongong, NSW; Queensland University of
Technology Art Collection, Qld; Federation University, Ballarat, Victoria;
Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, NSW; Banyule Art Collection, Victoria;
Manningham Council Art Collection, Victoria; City of Whitehorse, Art
Collection, Box Hill, Victoria; ArtBank, NSW; City of Inagawa, Japan; Grassi
Museum, Leipzig, Germany; Hanyang University Museum Gallery, Seoul, South
Korea; Sydney Casino; Private collections in Australia, USA, Great Britain and
Germany.