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Leonard French was born in Brunswick, Victoria in 1928. French left school to work as a signwiter. He then left for Europe in 1949, working his way around to London, Ireland, and Belgium, studying and learning as he went.
On his return to Melbourne in 1951, French began exhibiting and obtained several commissions for large murals. In 1959, he won a scholarship to visit Asia which led him to his interest in Byzantine Art and his later visit to Greece. In 1960 he began exhibiting with Rudy Komon in Sydney, leading to many exhibitions and much notoriety.
Leonard French mixes his own paints from raw pigment. His works show low relief surfaces accompanied by layer upon layer of oil glazes and gold leaf. The surfaces of his paintings are aesthetic in rich settings for bold subject matter that focuses on the human condition, mythology, darkness and light, violence and compassion. His relentless persistence of artistic challenge has earned him an important place in the history of Australian art. Leonard French has received three honorary doctorates for his enormous contribution to Australian art.
In 1963 French received the commission for the stained glass ceiling at the new National Gallery of Victoria, followed by many large scale commissions throughout Australia and internationally. He is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, all state galleries, many regional galleries and numerous private and corporate collections, both nationally and internationally.
Savill Galleries has been dealing with the paintings of Leonard French for two decades and hosted solo exhibitions of the artists work. Savill Galleries will consider the purchase of any authentic Leonard French painting held in private or public collection.