Gerald French (1927-2001) The Garden Bench, Oil on Board

Gerald French (1927-2001) The Garden Bench, Oil on Board

Code: 2488


W: 50cm (19.7")H: 40cm (15.7")

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Gerald French (English, 1927-1921)

'' The Garden Bench ''

Oil on board

16 x 20 in (40 x 50 cm) framed approx

Provenance: Property of Trustees of Gerald French, no. 0237


A beautiful mid 20th century oil on board by Yorkshire artist Gerald French who was friends with David Hockney. The work depicts a garden bench in the large and well kept garden of a colourful house and is painted in deep rich tones which turn a simple painting a very striking one. Label verso for the Property of Trustees of Gerald French.


Excellent condition, presented in a painted frame and ready to hang.

Artist information:


Gerald French was a painter of portraits, landscapes and abstracts, mainly self-taught, who studied part-time at Bradford School of Art. He studied alongside David Hockney, who he sketched on a number of occasions. He was a member of Bradford Art Club. He attended Hanson School in Bradford and lived at Carrington Street, Low Moor, for most of his life.

His work was featured in a Royal Academy show in London, and at the Yorkshire Artists’ Exhibition in Leeds City Art Gallery 1965, and at other exhibitions in Bradford at Cartwright Hall, and in Wakefield.

In particular, he had solo exhibitions locally at the Lane Gallery, Bradford in 1963, and Manor House Gallery, Ilkley in 1964.  Other solo exhibitions included ‘Retrospective’, Dean Clough, Halifax, 1994; ‘Circle and the Square’, Bretton Hall, 1993; and ‘Icons and Landscapes’, Smith Gallery, Brighouse, 1994.

In 2002, a selection of his paintings were shown alongside other Bradford artists, including David Hockney and Doug Binder, at ‘The Bradford Years’ exhibition at the Dean Clough gallery, Halifax. Doug Binder wrote that he was particularly impressed by French’s ability to blend colours on the palette.


Examples of his work are in the collections of Dean Clough, Halifax; Granada Television, London; Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal; Cartwright Hall, Bradford; Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council;  and The Hepworth, Wakefield.