Brenden Scott French“SOUNDING REBELLION”  2019
New Works in Glass by Brenden Scott French.

Brenden is one of Australia’s most acclaimed artists having mastered the art of hot glass blowing and kiln forming using innovative techniques learned from years of exploration with the material process.
“In Sounding Rebellion, I have produced new works that expand on blown and kiln-formed glass techniques I use, but more deeply explore the industry of human intervention upon the land. When looking closely at Landscape, predominantly as a metaphor of power – ideas surrounding original habitation, identity and identification, geologic and environmental understandings, and the politics of inclusion and exclusion have all provided coherent points of reference. The two pillars of thought progressively informing this navigation are myth and heresy.
During the development of works, I have explored most of these ideas through revealing relational impact between pattern rhythm and colour. I’ve also made conscious efforts to carefully and deliberately construct material transparency, in most part as protest to the essentially opaque palette I am familiar with”.

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 the Jam Factory  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 and has recently been awarded the Art Group Creative Fellowship from Canberra Glassworks which includes a six month residency beginning January 2020.