Born in 1982, Tom French grew up in Newcastle Upon Tyne, North East England. French began his studies at the Newcastle School of Art and Design and went on to graduate from the Sheffield Institute of Art and Design, achieving a first class BA Honors in 2005. He has since exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions both in the UK and the US.
Through his work, French focuses on the reflection of the conscious and subconscious mind. His oil paintings are a skillful combination of academic realism and surrealism, enveloped in carefree, loose and ostensibly unfinished abstract forms. This unique fusion of figurative realism and lively abstraction brings life and movement to his compositions, often suggesting an underlying emotional narrative and visual intrigue.
Whereas French's previous double image paintings featuring skulls, centered on life and death concepts to explore relationships between the conscious and subconscious - this new body of work, which forms part of his 'Duality' series, depicts human faces in place of the skulls, exhibiting a more expressive approach. This series focuses on the positive and creative aspects of the subconscious mind, with references of the philosophical dualism theory. French's new work has beautifully developed in a powerful way - displaying stronger, livelier elements of abstraction, whilst retaining his recognizable figurative approach and suggested narratives.