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 where she was a founding member of the Goodman group; creating the first subsidized artist live/work space in the Bay Area. Subsequently moving to Honolulu in 1976 French taught at the academy of arts and worked with interior decorators on murals and with animation in farmhouse films.
Her first solo show was at the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu curated by director Fritz Frauchiger which was followed by an invitation to the 3rd Biannial by Lead Curator, James Jensen.
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.
Over the last 31 years, A longtime exhibiting artist with over 35 solo shows. 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 her painting and hosting artist in her Double Dog Dare studio. Most recently, the Hawaii State Foundation on the Culture and the Arts acquired their 37th painting by awarding her Covid Princess Series their 2021 Acquisition Award.