Nelson French is a free-lance photo-based artist and landscape planner/designer who has exhibited regularly at Contact, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (Mayor’s Annual Purchase Award, 2000), and in group and solo shows since 1993.
He is a Director of Visual Arts Ontario, and of the Artist's Network. His work can be found in many personal and corporate art collections. His work has received critical attention in the Globe & Mail, The National Post, and Azure. His commercial work can be found in the pages of Canadian House & Home and Landscape Architecture Magazine. Gary Michael Dault said of Nelson’s work in 2000 “The new photographs, while no less romantic, are considerably more thoughtful: His compositional sense is now both deeper and less obvious…and his control of atmospheric effects sure and moving.”
Thoughts about art and community:
I'm especially interested in community building strategies that use public art projects to reinforce and highlight a neighbourhood's special quality and character. It's important to tell local stories, support local business and to distinguish and reinforce the public realm and to discourage the ubiquity that generally comes with global franchises and multi-nationals. The 100-mile diet isn't just a mantra for food!