Statement & CV

CREATIVE C.V. 2010

CREATIVE C.V. 2010

George French (b.1949). A life of art and craft came to fruition in 1995 when I created 'CONTEMPORARY RUSTIC ART'. Under this banner I sculpt, draw, write, photograph and do performance.

Qualifications

Qualifications

  • B.A.(Hons)Politics. Certificate in moral philosophy
  • Certificate in counselling skills
  • F.E.teacher
  • Community art celebrant
Active long term projects

Active long term projects

  • 1992-
    'STANHOLME'
    A 1920”s wooden shack studio in an ancient woodland. This is the art studio as the off-grid, unplugged, carbon neutral creative workspace for the 21st century.
  • 1994-
    'TREE CIRCUS'
    An allotment “nature-craft” artwork next to the public footpath at “STANHOLME”. Here topiary skills are used to create a botanic circus in which trees perform tricks for our reflection and amusement.
  • 2001-
    'ARTISTS JOURNAL'
  • 2007-
    'THE LAING'
    A literary project with the mission to visit the Laing art gallery, Newcastle, one hundred times. On each visit the target is to write a 1,000 words on high art in our age of chav and global meltdown. Almost completed.
2010 current projects

2010 current projects

  • PENSIONER PHOTOGRAPHS
    A single edition of (6) photographs on the theme of pensioner as addict, artist, loner etc.
  • GRAFFITI PHOTOGRAPHS
    A single edition of (6) photographs on the theme of tree graffiti. In this case its “THINKING TREES” and the names of great philosophers.
  • BLACK BEWICK
    A series of landscapes on the theme of Thomas Bewicks beginnings in the Tyne valley.
  • VERANDA
    A tiny but perfectly formed veranda at STANHOLME becomes a bucolic platform for a summer of public art.
  • ELDER SHAMAN OF THE GEORDIE TRIBE
    A bittersweet work of heroic failure as elder shaman fails to save his tribe and planet. Live/performance/ritual art.
2009 projects

2009 projects

  • MOTHERSHIP DRAWINGS
    Exhibition at Northumbria University. “Northern spaces group show”.
  • LIVING WITH A LANDSLIDE
    Self publication of artist book. Graphic novel format. Edition of 200
  • A BIRD IN THE HAND
    A performance work in which I invited wild birds to feed from my left hand
  • CAVE ART
    A series of pencil drawings created in a local cave.

2008

2008

  • WAYGOOD WOOD
    Creation, management and delivery of a 30 tree mobile wood. This wood acted as a mobile Newcastle city centre venue for nine public fluxus art performances and installations.
  • MOTHERSHIP DRAWINGS
    Exhibition at Waygood Boutique
  • MOTHERSHIP DRAWINGS
    Exhibition as part of the SAGE Newcastle Art Fair
  • ELDER SHAMAN OF THE GEORDIE TRIBE
    Live/performance/ritual art
2007

2007

  • RUSTIC VOODOO DOLL PHOTOGRAPHS
    The creation of a life sized doll from salvaged dead elm. This then became the focus for a series of photographic works
  • SENSELESS ACTS OF BEAUTY

2006

2006

  • RUSTIC VOODOO DOLL PHOTOGRAPHS
    Creation of a life sized doll from salvaged dead Elm. Focus for photographic work.
  • MOTHERSHIP DRAWINGS
    Pencil drawings on paper
2005

2005

  • MOTHERSHIP DRAWINGS
    Pencil drawings on paper
  • RUSTIC VOODOO DOLL
    Creation of life sized doll from salvaged dead Elm
  • RUSTIC CHURCH OF THE APOCALYPSE
    Performance work as Reverand Rustic
2004

2004

  • MOTHERSHIP DRAWINGS
    Pencil drawings on paper
  • RUSTIC VOODOO DOLL
    Creation of life sized doll from salvaged dead Elm
  • THE POTTING SHED
    A TAGSMITH collaborative work as part of the Waygood International Art fayre. The creation of a working potting shed in a gallery setting
  • FLUXUS MAILART
    A CD single as part of a collaborative work
  • SENSELESS ACTS OF BEAUTY
    Tree graffiti work
2003

2003

  • RUSTIC VOODOO DOLL
    Creation of a life sized doll from salvaged dead Elm.
  • INSIDE/OUT
    A BBC profile of my work
  • OUR SHORTEST DAY
    Exhibition of Newcastle allotment installation artwork
  • SENSELESS ACTS OF BEAUTY
    Tree graffiti work
2002

2002

  • GARDENING WITH THE DEVIL
    This 90,000 word manuscript reveals one year in the life of a rustic artist. Extracted from ongoing artist journal 2001-2002(unpublished)
  • GARDENING WITH THE DEVIL
    A public performance reading of journal extracts by Carole McGaugin. Waygood gallery, Newcastle
  • NO HOME BUT THE WAR
    Exhibition of Newcastle allotment installation artwork. Extensive media coverage and threat of prosecution
  • SENSELESS ACTS OF BEAUTY
    Tree graffiti
  • GOOD HIDING PLACE
    Allotment installation artwork. Newcastle
2001

2001

  • THINKING TREES
    A tree graffiti work in which the names of great philosophers are carved into trees.
  • OPEN STUDIO EXHIBITION
    CONTEMPORARY RUSTIC ART
    Show/sale of new work at CLUNY Lime Street studio
  • RUSTIC FURNITURE
    Design/creation rustic furniture/interiors.
  • HORSE AND CART ART
    A six week art tour of Northumberland. A traditional horse and cart takes contemporary art to the rural villages of Northumberland. A “year of the artist” Arts council project. National/local media coverage. Featured on T.V. documentary “ARTBLAST”.
  • SUNDAY SUN
    Centrefold spread on my life and work.
  • GREEN FESTIVAL ARTS
    Creation of live willow maze.
1999

1999

  • HORSE AND CART ART
    A Traditional horse and cart takes contemporary art on one day tours through the streets of central Newcastle.
  • FARMART
    Radical community art company in the Ouseburn Valley, Byker, Newcastle.
  • RUSTIC BESTIARY
    Exhibition at Waygood Gallery, Newcastle.
  • DENDROPHOBIA
    Exhibition as part of VANE. An exhibition of live mutilated trees.
  • RUSTIC FURNITURE
    Design/creation rustic furniture/interiors.
  • OPEN STUDIO EXHIBITION
    CONTEMPORARY RUSTIC ART
    Show/sale of new work at CLUNY Lime Street studio
1998

1998

  • VANITY FAIR
    A FARMART
    community fair. Included equestrian fancy dress, visit from Lord Mayor and free food.
  • GLORY
    Exhibition of Rustic installation as part of VANE.
  • RUSTIC CHAPEL
    Exhibition of rustic installation as part of VANE. Cluny gallery.
  • FARMART
    Radical community art company in inner city, Newcastle
  • RUSTIC FURNITURE
    Design/creation rustic furniture/interiors.
  • OPEN STUDIO EXHIBITION
    CONTEMPORARY RUSTIC ART
    Show/sale of new work at CLUNY Lime Street studio,
  • CREATIVE WORKSHOPS
    English Heritage. Green Festival.
  • WOODLAND ART AND CRAFT
    Creation, management and delivery of accredited woodland art and craft courses/training at Byker City Farm.
1997

1997

  • FARMART
    Radical community art company, Newcastle.
  • RUSTIC FURNITURE
    Design/creation rustic furniture/interiors
  • OPEN STUDIO EXHIBITION. CONTEMPORARY RUSTIC ART
    Show/sale of new work at Cluny Lime street studio.
  • WOODLAND ART AND CRAFT
    Creation, management and delivery of accredited woodland art and craft courses/training at Byker City Farm.
  • CREATIVE WORKSHOPS
    Bill Quay City Farm. Shipley Art Gallery. Sunderland Museum services, Green Festival.
1996

1996

  • FARMART
    Radical community art company, Newcastle.
  • RUSTIC FURNITURE
    Design/creation rustic furniture/interiors.
  • OPEN STUDIO EXHIBITION
    CONTEMPORARY RUSTIC ART
    Show/sale of new work at CLUNY Lime street studio.
  • CREATIVE WORKSHOPS
    National Trust, Queens hall.
  • WOODLAND ART AND CRAFT
    Creation, management and delivery of accredited woodland art and craft courses/training at Byker City Farm.
1995

1995

  • FARMART
    Radical community art company, Newcastle.
  • RUSTIC FURNITURE
    Design/creation rustic furniture/interiors.
  • OPEN STUDIO EXHIBITION
    CONTEMPORARY RUSTIC ART
    Show/sale of new work at Cluny Lime street studio.
  • WOODLAND ART AND CRAFT
    Creation, management and delivery of accredited woodland art and craft coursrs/training at Byker City Farm.
  • CREATIVE WORKSHOPS
    Woodland Trust. Queens hall arts Centre.