Introduction
Leonard William French OBE (8 October 1928 – 10 January 2017) was an Australian artist, known principally for major stained glass works. French was born in Brunswick, Victoria to a family of Cornish origin. His stained glass creations include a series of panels in the cafe and foyer of the National Library of Australia in Canberra, and a stained glass ceiling for the great hall at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, which is one of the largest in the world. Another important piece of work French created was in seven panels, The Legend of Sinbad the Sailor, in 1956. It hung in the Legend Cafe in Melbourne. In 1987, French completed a major commission for the Haileybury Chapel in Melbourne, including dozens of stained glass mosaic windows of varying shapes and sizes and a large reredos. In 2009, Earth Creations was hung in the St John’s College Chapel (St. Lucia, Brisbane) by the UQ Art Museum installation team, two years after being commissioned[1]. The piece is a stacked tripytch. French's work has been the subject of more than 40 solo exhibitions in Australia, and been part of many group exhibitions outside Australia. At the time of his death in early 2017, French resided in and painted in his studio in Heathcote, Victoria.He was married three times, and had seven children and five grandchildren.
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Nationality
Australian
Gender
Male
Roles
Artist, Designer, Painter
Name
Leonard French
Ulan
500083631
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