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Bruce French Answers FAD’s Questions

Image:Bruce French Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Courtesy Scream Gallery
1 If you weren’t an artist, what else would you be?

‘….what else would I be?’ I want to write …probably dead! but that looks really try hard when you read it back so….. I would have loved to have been a dancer or performer.

2 What is your favourite ‘ism’?
State or condition resulting from an excess of something specified: strychninism.

3 What was the most intelligent thing that someone said or wrote about your work?

‘I love it’

4. And the dumbest?

‘I love it’

5 Do you care what your art costs? State your reasons!

Of course I care about what the art costs, but that is mostly determined by others, if I could I would do it for free and give it to the people that love it, but I can’t things don’t work that way, creating art is only one part of the relationship, we live in a codependent world.

6 What are the three big ideas that you would like your work to express?

I don’t think that I have three big ideas just that my work communicates broadly on an emotional level

7 How do you start the process of making work?

My work really starts with the world around me, something happens to me or I see something, I have an idea, I write it down, then think about it for ages, developing it in my head.

8. You seem to embrace many mediums now – including performance – is there a reason for this

Performance can bring together all of my passions Art, music and performance it can be a heady mix if you get it right.

9 You use an Ipad in the process of creating work, is this because of the way you can interact with it using your fingers?

Yes, the fact that I can create using my fingers is important, I love the App that I use (well actually it keeps crashing!!) but the level of interactivity is great, I can use it like any other sketch book or diary but in colour, I can create immediate images anywhere, ready to be manipulated later, also you don’t have to get all the stuff out, paints, brushes, spirit etc my notes and thoughts can be of the instant, spontaneous.

10 Do you feel we are moving back to image based story telling with the advent of apps and icons, and away from the printed word?

I like that idea, I like the sense of punk about the way that computers or pad apps are changing our world, allowing people to create, express themselves in pictures or words however they want, then publish the results to the world totally uncontrolled.


You can see Bruce French’s work at Scream Gallery Now “Absence of light”
until 25th June 2011

Also we have a competition where you can win a limited edition print from Bruce French enter here courtesy of Whisper Gallery which opens
on Friday 10th June 2011.



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