It is both a privilege and a pleasure to host this exhibition here at Forge Arts. Harry has developed his national and International art and print career over the past fifteen years since he retired as Head of art and Design at the William Farr Comprehensive School, Welton.
Most of the work on display is in the western technique of woodblock printing: hand cut with ‘V’ tools and gouges, printed with oil inks and a printing press. However, he is also familiar with the Japanese print techniques of Moku Hanga; waterbased printing ink on hand made paper that is burnished with a bamboo Baren. Harry has recently exhibited work in Tokyo with the Japanese master printmakers.
He is an autographic printmaker and only creates limited editions of approximately ten prints. This clashes with the new digital printing era of Giclée prints that can be reproduced in their thousands.
Harry is a multi-disciplined printmaker and fine artist. His screen prints are on exhibition in northern Germany and several will be on display here at Forge Arts Gallery until April 22nd.
A website of his latest paintings and prints are available on his website:
Harry French lived at the Old Clock House in Hackthorn in 1967. It was his first family home and art studio. He never anticipated that one day he would return to exhibit a selection of his prints at the Old Forge Gallery and studio in Hackthorn after all this time.