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"French" Richard Sayer

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Artist / Illustrator

French is a freelance Artist & Illustrator based in Walthamstow, but from the garison town of Aldershot, Hampshire. He graduated from Staffordshire University in 2002 with a degree in Fine Art, after spending a stint of his degree studying at Kansas Univeristy, Lawrence, Kansas USA. Once graduated he worked as Artist in Residence at a Kinross Wolaroi school, Orange, Australia from 2002 – 2003.

Since then he has lived in London and worked as a Freelance Artist / Illustrator. A great deal of the illustration he has created has been for the skateboard industry, as well as Music (Heavy Metal mainly) Advertising, Print, Fashion and Publishing. More recently he has been art directing and also curated a number of exhibitions.

French also runs  a skateboard company “Witchcraft Hardware”, currently selling in the UK, Europe, Skandonavia, Japan, Canada, Austria and New Zealand, with an international team of riders.

Select Clients:

Advertising:

  • DDH Advertising
  • Fingal Advertising
  • M&C Saatchi
  • AMV BBDO Advertising
  • Wieden & Kennedy

Brands:

  • Olympus Cameras
  • Casio G-shock
  • Scion
  • Wannadoo Broadband
  • The BBC
  • ITV

Publishing / Print:

  • Dazed and Confused
  • Laurence King Publishing
  • Nylon Magazine
  • Plan B Magazine
  • Clark Magazine
  • Tank Magazine
  • Front Magazine
  • Sidewalk Magazine
  • Kingpin Magazine

Music / Record Labels:

  • Relapse Records
  • Season of Mist Records
  • Modular People Records
  • Century Media Records
  • Virgin Music
  • Forest Records
  • Crematorium Records
  • Southern Records
  • Blackest Rainbow Underground Records

Fashion:

  • Silas
  • Uniqlo
  • Mishka
  • Sixpack
  • Carhartt
  • Volcom
  • Paul Smith (New Bold)
  • Beams
  • Altamont Clothing
  • 2k By Gingham
  • Suburban Bliss

Footwear Brands:

  • Vans Footwear
  • Nike
  • Emerica Footwear
  • Pointer Shoes
  • Fallen Footwear
  • Adio Footwear

Skateboarding:

  • Creature Skateboards
  • Cliché Skateboards
  • Real Skateboards
  • Jivaro Wheels
  • Independent Truck Company
  • Zero Skateboards
  • Antiz Skateboards
  • Heroin Skateboards
  • Witchcraft Skateboards

Solo Exhibitions:

“VERITA VLTIMA VITAE” – Scion Installation, Los Angeles, USA – September 2012

“Let Us Prey” – Beach London Gallery, London, UK- May 2012

“French” - Ninelives Gallery, Brisbane Australia – January 2012 (print exhibition)

“Oath Of Armageddon” – Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne, Australia – January 2012

“At First Light” – Ninelives Gallery, Brisbane, Australia – August 2010 (joint show with Murdoch Stafford)

“Isolated Magic” – Chapter One Gallery, London – December 2009

“Blood Oath” – Archipeligo Gallery, Sheffield – October 2009

“The Initiation” – Cerasoli Gallery, LA, USA – September 2009 (joint show with Derek Albeck)

“Cursed Scrolls”- Mishka, Brooklyn, USA – July 2009

“Slaughter” – Metal Destroys W+K” – Wieden and Kennedy, Amsterdam, Netherlands – July 2009

“Humour of Initiation” – Vans / 5050 Gallery, Bristol – April 2009

“Made of Rats” – Force of Nature Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark – Feb 2009

“Funeral Fog” – Monster Children Gallery, Australia – December 2008

“Hand of Glory” – Nine Lives Gallery, Brisbane, Australia – November 2008

“Lord of Light” – Don’t Come Gallery, Melborne, Australia, – November 2008

“Desolate Delights” – Derek Albeck and French, Berdhouse Gallery, LA, USA – May 2008 (Joint Exhibition)

“High Priestess of the Woods” – Analogue, Edinburgh – January 2008

“French” – Projekts Gallery, Manchester – May 2007

“Funerality” – Monster Children Gallery, Sydney Australia – May 2007

“Conventional Weapons” -  KCDC, Brooklyn, New York – February 2007 (Joint Exhibition with Fos)

Group Exhibitions:

“Diversions” – Giant Robot Gallery, Los Angeles USA – March 2012

“Looking Sideways” – Vans Wangl Tangl Exhibition, Switzerland  - March 2012

“Rolling Back the Years” – Huck Magazine, London – January 2012

“All the Colours of the Dark” – Awful Nice Gallery, St Louis, USA – March 2011

“Close to a World Below” – The Scion Gallery, Los Angeles, USA – October 2010 (Curator)

“Disorder Disorder” – The Penrith Regional Gallery, Australia – August 2010

“Skull Duggery” – Pure Evil Gallery, London, UK – March 2010

“Scion Installation 6” -Touring Exhibition, LA, Austin, Witchita, Minneapolis, Brooklyn – Jan 2010 – August 2010

“Metal” – Giant Robot Gallery. New York, – November 2009

“Scion Installation 5” – Touring Exhibition, Detroit, MI, Miami, FL, Phoenix, AZ, Minneapolis, MN, New York, NY, San Jose, CA, Philadelphia, PA, Portland, OR, Los Angeles, CA, USA – December 2008 – August 2009

“Take to the Woods” – Analogue, Edinburgh – December 2007

“We’re Rollin, They’re Hatin” – Riviera Gallery, Brooklyn, USA – October 2007

“To the Masses” - Scion Installation, Los Angeles USA – August 2007

“Cherryvale Skateboards” – London – July 2007

“Sixteen X Twelve” -  Monsterchildren Gallery, Sydney, Australia – November 2006

“A Thousand Things” – MU Gallery, Eindhoven, – July 2006

“The Rest Is Total Silence” – ATM Gallery, New York – July 2006

“Everyone knows this is Nowhere” -  Galleri Loyal, Stockholm,– May 2005

“The Banjo Show” – 88B Gallery, London – April 2005

“Moving Units” - Kingsland Rd, London – August 2004

“Window Show” – Wren Gallery, Sydney, Australia – October – November 2003

“Sneaker Pimps”- Sydney, Tokyo, Berlin, L.A – November 2003 – September 2004

“Artist In Residence Commission” – Kinross Wolaroi School, Sydney, Australia – September 2003

“Exhibition 101” – Sydney, Australia – May 2003

“Skate Art” – Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe – June 2003

“A Surface In Between” -  Arthouse, Hoxton, London – May 2003

“Side Effects of Urethane” – Jam Factory, London – November 2001

Education

1st Class BA Hons Fine Art, Staffordshire University, 2002

 

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