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The artist by the name of French takes delight in reduction. His favour is for that which is less, best exemplified by his fondness of darkness – the absence of light. Reduction is constant in his art with an almost entirely rejecting colour and working unfalteringly on a flat surface. By withholding the innumerable options we have available, French opts for focus and intensity in one place.
Darkness is constant in his artworks, and that relates to both the density of the line and the subject matter it depicts. French is a forefather for the new blood line in a tradition of subcultural aesthetics. With an upbringing of obsessive attention to the grotesque of metal record sleeves and the immoral graphics on skateboards it is worth noting that the artist grew up in a garrison town.
Familiar with military machismo, termination machinery and the displays of death, it is no small wonder that French’s morbid tendencies and medically precise depictions of human entrails recur frequently.