Brenden Scott FrenchBrenden’s kiln formed glass panels, sculptures and vessels depict the evolution of a familiar landscape over a geological timeline.

He works from his  studio in the beautiful rolling hills of the Barossa Valley, South Australia where much of his artistic expression is  inspired by this idyllic location and shaped by the changing seasons on the landscape.  He is recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative artists having mastered the art of hot glass blowing and kiln forming using innovative techniques learned from years of exploration with the material process.

‘I’m fascinated by paradox and I’m at times overwhelmed by beauty. I spend hours contemplating the relationship between things in order to clarify the absurdities of transitional permanence. I examine hazards to connectivity. In the real and in the imaginary, my work has patiently evolved. As my understanding of the material develops so too does my relationship with the world.’

Brenden’s works depict the evolution of a familiar landscape over a geologic timeline. Works that are portrayals of kiln forming and hot glass processes but also motifs for the industry of human intervention upon the land.

He has trained extensively in glass practice, completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Sydney College of the Arts in 1997, the Associate of Design program at Jamfactory Contemporary Craft and Design in 1999 and a Bachelor of Art with Honours at the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University in 2003.

During the past fifteen years he has exhibited extensively both in Australia and overseas at venues such as Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, USA and SOFA Chicago with Kirra Galleries AUS.

Brenden was an exhibitor in the recent survey exhibition Links – Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest and was a finalist in Australasia’s richest prize for glass artists, the inaugural Fuse Glass Prize 2016, a new biennial prize for Australian and New Zealand artists. He was the recipient of the Stephen Procter Fellowship (2007).

 EDUCATION

2003 BA (Vis) Honours Canberra School of Art ANU
1998-1999 Associate of Design – Glass Studio
Jamfactory Contemporary Craft and Design
1997 Bachelor of Visual Arts – Glass
Sydney College of the Arts

SELECTED GROUP AND SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
Western Ridge Beaver Galleries AUS
Tom Malone Prize Finalist Art Gallery of Western Australia AUS

2016
SOFA Chicago, Kirra Galleries
Fuse Glass Prize Finalist Jamfactory Contemporary Craft and Design AUS
Masters Of Glass – Home Sabbia Gallery AUS

2015
SOFA Chicago Kirra Galleries
Colour Remains Sabbia Gallery AUS

2014
SOFA Chicago Beaver Galleries
Terroir -Jamfactory Seppeltsfield Barossa Valley AUS
Master Glass 2 -BMGART Adelaide AUS

2013
Ranamok Glass Prize Finalist
Australian Glass Now- Traver Gallery Seattle Washington USA
Links – Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest, Museum of Glass Tacoma Washington USA
Designing Craft Crafting Design40 Years of Jamfactory National Tour AUS
Ten Squared – Canberra Glassworks AUS
Landscape – Masters of Glass Sabbia Gallery AUS

2012
Beyond Tradition-Contemporary Glass in a Museum Environment- Northlands Creative Glass UK
Waterhouse Art Prize – South Australian Museum Adelaide AUS
Futures Pass Remains – Solo – Beaver Galleries Canberra AUS

2011
SOFA Chicago Beaver Galleries USA
Ranamok Glass Prize Finalist – AUS
Master Glass BMGART Adelaide AUS
Open Negative – Solo – Sabbia Gallery Sydney AUS

2010
SOFA Chicago Beaver Galleries USA
Future’s Pass and other short stories -Solo – Jamfactory Contemporary Craft and Design Adelaide AUS
The Sum of Parts Sabbia Gallery Sydney AUS
Imago Gallery Palm Desert California USA

2009
Ranamok Glass Prize Finalist – AUS
Collect09 – Glass Artists Gallery – Saatchi Gallery – London UK
Look Forward – William Traver Gallery Tacoma Washington USA
Whitehot – Asialink touring show – Gallery of Art and Design Silpakom University Bangkok
Thailand Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts Hanoi Kaohsjung Museum of Fine Arts Taiwan

2008
In Essence – The Stephen Procter Legacy Sabbia Gallery Sydney AUS
Ranamok Glass Prize Finalist AUS

2007
Artefact of the Accident – Predator. Solo Show Canberra Glassworks Canberra ACT AUS
Ranamok Glass Prize Finalist
Artefact of the Accident Solo Show Jamfactory Contemporary Craft and Design Adelaide AUS

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2017
ArtsSA Independent Makers and Presenters – Professional Development Assistance

2014
Artist in Residence Tacoma Museum of Glass Tacoma USA

2013
ArtsSA Independent Makers and Presenters – Professional Development Assistance

2011
ArtsSA independent Makers and Presenters – Professional Development Assistance

2009
ArtsSA independent Makers and Presenters – Professional Development Assistance

2007
The Stephen Procter Fellowship
Canberra Glassworks – Artist in Residence
Northlands Creative Glass – Artist in Residence – Scotland
Australian National University – Artist in Residence Glass Workshop

2001
Lino Tagliapietra International Scholarship – Pilchuck Glass School Seattle
The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Award

2000
Emerging Artist Project Development Grant ArtsSA

COLLECTIONS

Dana Farber Cancer Institute Boston MA USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA
Bullseye Glass Collection, Portland, OR, USA
Kaplan Ostergaard Glass Centre, Palm Springs, CA, USA
Andy Plummer Collection AUS

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