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Christopher French
Born: 1957 St. Louis, Missouri 

Education: B.A. University of California, Davis 

Solo Exhibitions
2011 “Inventions and Recollections”, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC
2006 "Contradictory Resemblances", Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC 
2005 "Dream Houses & Undisclosed Locations", Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX 
2004 Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX 
2003 "One Thing Makes Another: A Survey of Work, 1991-2003", Galveston Art Center, 
Galveston, TX.  Traveled to Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX 
and Stephen F.  Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX ( brochure ) 
Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX 
2001 "Oughts and Noughts", Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA 
2000 Bill Maynes Gallery, New York 
1999 At One Extreme..., Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles 
1998 The Picture Makes..., Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC 
1996 The Reasoner's Instinct, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC 
Priere de toucher, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, 
1994 Insofar as the Eye Can See, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC 
Braille Paintings, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles 
1993 Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York 
1992 Constellations and Fables, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC 
1991 Black and White Windows/ Opened and Closed Doors, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC 
1989 Anton Gallery, Washington, DC 
Madrona Gallery, San Pedro, CA 
Group Exhibitions
2010 “Catalyst,” American University Museum, Washington, DC

2005 "Color", Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX 

2004 "Faculty Exhibition", Glassell School of Art, Houston ( catalogue ) 
"Eye Text", Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
( 2 person show with Roger Boyce ) 
"Abstract Concepts", Stephen F.  Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX 
"Pink", Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston 

2003 "Minatures", Hookes-Epstein Gallery, Houston, TX 
"Twisting and Turning", Bluestar, San Antonio, TX ( brochure ) 
"Genetic Expressions: Art after DNA", Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY 

2002 "Systems order Nature", Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX 
"Works on Paper", McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA 

2001 "Big as Texas", DiverseWorks, Houston 
"The Work of Pyramid Atlantic", University of Maryland, College Park, MD 

2000 "The Changing Face of Portraiture", Chapman University, Orange, CA (brochure) 
"The Culture of Class", Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD 
"Objects of Desire", David Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC 

1999 Outward Bound: American Art on the Brink of the 21stCentury, Meridian 
International, Washington, DC, traveling internationally. 
Wordsmiths, Islip Art Museum, Islip, New York. Karen Shaw, curator 
Hypersalon, Emerson Gallery/McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA 
Summer Print Show, Marsha Mateyka Gallery,  Washington, DC 

1998 Paintings: Chance & Necessity, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, traveling. 
Prints: Chance & Necessity, Goya-Girl Press, Baltimore 
Recent Acquisitions: Prints, National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC 
A Sampling of Recent American Prints, Addison Ripley Fine Art, Washington, DC 
Paullina Cupana, Bill Maynes Gallery, New York 
Abstraction: A Pleasured Reticence, M-13 Gallery, New York 
New Work, School 33, Baltimore, MD 
A Study in Collaboration, Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC 

1997 Remote Sensing, Numark Gallery, Washington, DC 
Multiple Identities, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta 

1996 Transformal, Wiener Secession, Vienna. Maia Daminanovic, curator 
Citie Internationale des Arts, Paris 
The Apartment Show, Paris.  Alain Kirili, curator, Fine Art 
Work Center, Provincetown, MA 

1995 Pittura/ Immedia: Painting in the 90's, Neu Galeried am Landesmusuem und Kunstlerhouse, 
Graz, Vienna.  Peter Weibel, curator
Spatial Metaphors, Baumgartner Galleries, Inc, Washington, DC

1994 Crosscurrents ‘94, University of Maryland at College park.  Andrea Pollan,cur. 
Transtextualism, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles.  Sabina Ott, curator 
Art Sites 6, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC 
Jetlag, Galerie Martina Detterer, Frankfurt, Germany. Gert Rappenecker, cur. 

1993 The Return of the Cadavre Exquis, Drawing Center, New York, NY 
Sex Money Politics, Nancy Drysdale Gallery, Washington, DC 
Language Made Visible, Jamison/Thomas Gallery, Portland, OR 
Off the Mall, Organization of American States, Washington, DC 
Lingua Pittura, Emerson Gallery, McLean, VA, Andrea Pollan, curator 
Season's Summary, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC 
Cryptics, School 33, Baltimore, MD 
Anderson Ranch Art Center, Aspen, CO 

1992 New Works on Paper by Gallery Artists, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC 

1991 Michael Byron, Christopher French, Steven Miller, Anton Solumoukha, Elga Wimmer 
Gallery, New York 
The Collector, Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, MD 

1990 Marsha Mateyka Gallery 

1988 Ninth Annual Benefit Auction, Washington Project for the Arts, Washingotn,DC 
Art Auction'88, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA 
The Critic as Artist, Creative Growth Gallery, Oakland, CA 
Grants and Awards 

2003 Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County Fellowship 
1999 Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship 
1996 Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris 
1993 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship 
Public Collections
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 
Goethe-Institut, Washington, DC 
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC 
McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana 
National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC 
Hewlett-Packard, New York and Atlanta 
Progressive Corporation, Mayfield Heights, Ohio 
Sallie Mae, Inc., Washington, DC 
2004 Pam Horsman.  "Christopher French and Arielle Masson: Matrices," Artlies Summer 2004.
Varner, Victoria Star.  "One Thing makes Another' in SU Exhibit of National Artist".  
Williamson County Sun.  January 11.  1B, 12B. 

2003 Anspon, Chatherine.  Review.  ARTnews.  May 2003.  161. 
Jelson West, Christine.  "Gallery Reviews." Artshouston.  November 30. 
Klassmeyer, Kelly.  "Also on View".  Houston Press.  November 20-26.  53. 
Wei, Lilly.  "Twisting and Turning".  VOA.  Volume 11, Issue 2.  26-30. 

2001 Davenport, Bill.  "Tirelron #13."  June 12, 2001. 
Devine, John.  "Wide-Open Spaces".  Houston Press.  June 21, 2001.63 
Spun from the Center.  The Sciences.  Jan./Feb.  2001.  16-17 (illustration) 

2000 Grover, Laura.  "The Changing Face of Portraiture." Exh.Broch.  Chapman 
University, Orange, CA.  1-6 

1999 Harrison, Helen A. "When Words Become a Beans of Reaching a Different Plane", 
New York Times ( Long Island Edition ): March 28. 14.   
Norden, Linda, New American Paintings. I Open Studios Press: Number 21. 64-67. 
Protzman, Fredinand. "It All Adds Up." The Washington Post, April 29. C5. 

1998 Cohen, Mark Daniel. "Abstraction: A Pleasured Reticence." Review: Feb.  35-37.   
Cover illustration. The Sciences: November/December 
Dorsey, John. "Braille Adds Meaning to French's Abstractions.", Baltimore Sun: May 11. 3E 
Edelman, Robert. "A Return to Form: Abstraction and Regional Identity", in Chance & 
Necessity. Exhibition catalogue, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore.   
Morgan, Robert. "Abstraction: A Pleasured Reticence". Review: Feb. 1. 37. 
Protzman, Ferdinand. "She has Her Data's Eyes", The Washington Post, Oct. 29. D5.   
Westfall, Stephen. "A Vital Symbolist Impulse..." Exhibition Brochure, M-13 Gallery, NY 
"Reviews of Prints, Photographs, and Multiples" On Paper, March-April 38-39. 

1997 Brown, Jeffrey. "A Conversation of Ideas and Art x Four", Washington Review. 
Oct./Nov. 7 - 10.   
Damianovic, Maia. "Transformal" exhibition catalogue, Wiener Secession. 7-12. 
Damainovic, Maia.  "Paintings Beyond Limits." Tema Celeste: April.  58-63 
Howell, George. "Christopher French at Marsha Mateyka Gallery" Art Papers: March/April 49. 
Protzman, Ferdinand. "Remote:Talent Close at Hand", The WashingtonPost Nov. 13,C7 
Protzman, Ferdinand, "At the Goethe Institut". The Washington Post, March 1. C2 
Weil, Rex. "Christopher French at Marsha Mateyka", ARTnews, Feb. 120. 
Ziglar, Katie. "Capital Collecting", Art & Antiques: May. 37-41 

1996 Borchhardt-Birbaumer Brigette "Von Asthetik und Verwandlung." Wiener Zeitung April 4 
Cohen, Jean Lawlor, "French Perspective", Where Magazine, November 29.   
Pagel, David. "Redefining the Borders of Abstraction", Los Angeles Times": Nov. 14. 
Protzman, Ferdinand. "In Paris, An Artist Regains His Touch", The Washington Post, Nov. 16, C1-2. 

1995 "Dislocations Suite". The Print Collector's Newletter, May-June 
Koncius, Jura. "Creative Seating Plans", Washington Post HomeSection: June8, 13-14 
Protzman, Ferdinand. "Imagination's Doorway", The Washington Post, Sept. 2 
Weibel, Peter. "Pittura Immedia", Exhibition Catalogue, Wiener Secession. 11-35 
Greenwell, Stuart. "Insofar as the Eye Can See", Scene December 16-22, 34. 
Pagel, David. "Transtextualism: Works to Read, See, Feel", Los Angeles Times, Aug.25 

1994 Pagel, David "Intuiting Meaning", Los Angeles Times, November 10. F11. 
         Pollan, Andrea. "Crosscurrents ‘94", Exhibition brochure, The Art Gallery, 
         University of Maryland , College Park. 
Rappenecker, Gert. "Jetlag", Exhibition Catalogue, Martina Dettere Gallery, 5-7; 9. 
Richard, Paul, "The Canvas of Dreams", The Washington Post, Sept. 6, D1,2. 
Russell, Donald. Exhibition Catalogue," Art Sites 6", Washington Review, 26-28. 

1993 Allan, Lois. "Strong Words", Artweek, August 5. 19-20. 
Allan, Lois"So It Isn't a Pipe". Visions, Winter, 25-26. 
Guiliano, Mike.  "Cracking the Codes". City Paper, May 14, 25. 
Mahoney, J.W., "Lingua Pittura", Art Papers, Sept./Oct. 
McCafferty, Elizabeth. "Thematic Exhilaration", Reflex, Sept./Oct. 21. 
Pollan, Andrea, "Lingua Pittura", Exhibition brochure, McLean Project for the Arts. 

1992 Gibson, Eric, "Abstract Exhibit Can Truly Touch Viewers", Washington Times, Oct. 15,M8. 
"We Love You/Not: 1992 in Review", Washington Times, December 30, D1. 
Pagel, David. "Constellations and Fables", exhibition catalogue, Marsha Mateyka Gallery 
Rotner, Sheila, "Christopher French: Constellations and Fables", EyeWash: Oct. 5.
Wilson, Janet, "Reading ‘Lear' between the Lines", The Washington Post, Oct.24, D2. 

1991 Marcoci, Roxanne, "The Delusive Eye", Exhibition Catalogue, Elga Wimmer Gallery,2-5 .
Rotner, Sheila, "Christopher French: Black and White Windows/Open and Closed Doors", 
Washington Review, Oct/Nov. 27-28. 
Welzenbach, Michael. "Christopher French at Mateyka", The Washington Post, June 15C2.