Born in Stockton, California, DDD resident artist and arts educator Sally French has maintained her studio on Kauai for 31 years, hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area via Honolulu in 1970‘s.
French has taught art in the San Francisco Unified School District and lectured as a visiting artist at Print Press, Denton, TX; Denver School for the Arts; the Art Institute of Chicago; Eastern Illinois University, as well as teaching at Penland School of Crafts, Asheville, NC; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI and Maui Arts and Culture Center, Wailuku, HI.
A longtime exhibiting artist with over 35 solo shows including two at The Contemporary Museum at Makiki Hts., Honolulu, her paintings, prints, photographs and installations have been exhibited in over 40 group shows including the catalogued national traveling exhibit “Comic Release” curated by Barbara Bloemink and Vicky Clark; “Pop!” at Heidi Cho Gallery, NYC and “Paper Now!” at I Space Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Known for her dark humor and exploration of diverse materials, French now focuses on the monotype process and hosting artists in her Double Dog Dare studio. Most recently her monotypes were included in the inaugural exhibit “Anxiety’s Edge” at the Honolulu Museum which featured works from the combined collections of The Contemporary Museum and Honolulu Academy of Arts as they began their new merger.
Her 30ft painted mural, “The He’e and the Golden Egg” will be installed by the Honu Group this fall in Lahaina, Maui.