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BIO

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Artist statement

My intention is to distil an essence of place through deeply internalized associations with the local environment and to evoke notions of quietude and transcendence through the expressive use of glaze and its relationship to form, tactility, space and light.

Pieces are wheel thrown and altered with subtle shifts in coloured glazes built gradually in multiple thin layers to provoke a feeling of gentle luminosity and illusory space to stimulate the imagination.

Curriculum vitae

NEVILLE FRENCH 

Born 1955 Maryborough, Victoria, Australia.

 

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. 

 

AWARDS, GRANTS & RESIDENCIES

2019 Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award, Aquisitive, Finalist

2017 Victorian Craft Award, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, VIC, Finalist

2016 Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast Art Gallery, QLD, Finalist

2015 Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Art Gallery, Hobart, TAS, Finalist

Victorian Craft Award, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, VIC, Finalist

Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award, VIC, Finalist

2013 Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award, VIC – Acquisition Award

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

VITRIFY Alcorso National Ceramic Award, Jamfactory Contemporary Design Centre, Adelaide, SA, (Winner) 2010 Clunes National Ceramics Award (Winner) 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.

TEACHING

1982-2012 Teacher and Coordinator- Ceramics, Arts Academy, University of Ballarat, VIC

2006-12 Sessional lecturer Honours & Masters Degree, University of Ballarat. VIC

2016-23 Teacher, School of Clay and Art (SoCA), Melbourne, VIC

Selected Exhibitions
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022 ’Fall’, with Belinda Fox, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Carriageworks, Sydney (Arthouse Gallery) NSW

Cloudlight, Gallerysmith, Melbourne VIC

 

2021 ‘Cultivate’, with Belinda Fox, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney , NSW

Mutual Realities, Finding common ground in uncertain times, with Rhonda Baum, Art Gallery of Ballarat , VIC

 

2017 ‘Tilt’ with Belinda Fox, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney, NSW

‘Tapestry with Belinda Fox, Artthouse Gallery, Sydney

 

2015 From the Land, with Cathy Franzi, Kerry Lowe Gallery, Sydney

 

2013 ‘Hua Ping’, with Belinda Fox, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

 

2012 ‘Give & Take’, with Belinda Fox, Beaver Galleries, Canberra , ACT

 

2011 ‘Slip’ with Belinda Fox, Arthouse Gallery, NSW 2010 ‘Mungo Light’, Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

 

2009: ‘New Work’, Galerie Rosenhauer, Goettingen, Germany

 

2007 ‘Winter Vessels’, 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

 

2023 The Great Takeaway’, Craft Lab 23, Mining Exchange, Ballarat, VIC

Paper & Clay, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, NSW

Nillumbik Contemporary Art Prize, Finalists exhibition, Montsalvat Eltham, Melbourne, VIC

XV: Past Present Future, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, VIC

2022: Gold Chip 22, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, VIC

CraftLab 2022, Mining Exchange, Ballarat

2021 ‘Cups’ Michael Reid Clay Gallery, Sydney

Craft Lab/Design Expo, Mining Exchange, Ballarat

 

2020: Porcelain, Beaver Galleries, Canberra

Federation University 150 Anniversary trail, Art Gallery of Ballarat

 

2019 Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award, Manningham Gallery, Melbourne

Making: The Quiet Voices, Wayside Pavilion, Hobart, in conjunction with The Australian Ceramics Triennale.

 

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

 

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

Ceramics Collection 17, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney

90 x 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

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

Highlights from the Victoria Ceramics Collection, Whitehorse Artspace, Box Hill Town Hall, Melb., VIC

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

Victorian Craft Award, Craft Victoria, Melbourne VIC (finalist)

Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award, Manningham Art Gallery, VIC (finalist)

BeLonging: Embodied Commentaries Inspired by Place, ANU School of Art, Canberra (In conjunction with the Australian Ceramics Triennial) ACT

Contemporary Clay, Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney, NSW

Earth, Fire and Water 50 years of Shaping the Elements, Castelmaine Art Gallery, ViIC

 

2014 Terroir,Jamfactory Craft & Design Centre, Seppeltsfield,, Barossa Valley, SA

Australia/Korea Invitational Exhibition, Hanyang University Gallery, Seoul, Korea

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

Important Exhibition of Australian Ceramics, Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

 

2013 Small Works, Beaver Galleries, Canberra

Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award, Melbourne, ViIC

 

2012 Cecily and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award, National Gallery of Victoria. VIC

VITRIFY Alcoso Ceramic Award, Jamfactory Craft & Design Centre, Adelaide SA

Enduring Forms, Aptos Cruz Gallery, Stirling SA (both In conjunction with the Australian Ceramics Triennale SA)

Arthouse Gallery, Melbourne Art Fair with Belinda Fox, Melbourne VIC

2011 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Council Chambers, Sydney

'A Day at the Beach', Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award, Manningham ,Victoria

National Ceramics Award Clunes Victoria (

 

2010: National Ceramics Award Clunes, Victoria (Winner) 27th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, QLD City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Tas

Colour, Texture, Form, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, Queensland Scope, Arts Academy PO Gallery, University of Ballarat, Victoria

 

2009: Tablewares: Contemporary International Ceramics, Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Sydney Here/Now Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

 

2008: Vessel/Sculpture, German and International Ceramics Since 1946, Grassi Museum of Applied Art, Leipzig, Germany Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Qld. Gift of Rod Fyffe, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria

 

2006 Australische Impressionen, Galerie Rosenhauer, Goettingen, Germany Innovations: Melbourne- Hong Kong, Nellie Casten Gallery, Melbourne Tainted Love: Contemporary Developments in Landscape, Bendigo Art Gallery Encrusted: Australian Woodfired Ceramics, Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne

2005 Porcelain- Three Makers, Beaver Galleries, Canberra City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Art Gallery, Hobart, TAS. COLLECT, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK. (Australian Contemporary)

Represented by

GALLERYSMITH, Melbourne gallerysmith.com.au 

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