Leonard French

Taken from "The Bible Through Asian Eyes", 1991
Masao Takenaka and Ron O' Grady

TOP: "The Seventh Day"
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Leonard French was born in Melbourne in 1928 and has become one of Australia's leading artists. His work is identified by a powerful set of symbols, colors and techniques that set him apart from other artists of his generation. "The Seven Days" (of creation) painted in enamel on hessian-covered-hardboard is owned by the Australian National University in Canberra. It is one of his most important works with highly textured surfaces of moulded symbols, string, gold leaf and enamel.

In 1961, French was holidaying with his family in Greece where he experienced the mystic drama of Byzantine iconic images. One day in the summer or of 1962 his son swam out through the clean water and asked his father, "how did the world begin?" The paintings were the father's attempt to answer his son's question.


Masao Takenaka and Ron O' Grady. Creation- Day Seven. The Bible through Asian Eyes.Pace Publishing. New Zealand. 1991. pp.20-21. Print

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The Bible through Asian Eyes.Pace Publishing. New Zealand. 1991. p21. Print
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