Creatures the Colour of Steve McQueen’s Hair in The Great Escape is an exhibition of miniature paintings by Renée French. With all of the works coming in under 6 by 6 inches, French notes that by the time she got to the 5th or 6th painting, she needed a stronger prescription in her glasses. One subject she keeps returning to in her work is Scottish actor Dougie Henshall, whom she has painted as a bunny or a dog in the past, and this show features a few Henshall creatures. French uses acrylic paint on gessoed hardboard.
French has said that she draws and paints “creatures who aren’t in the mood.” After almost 25 years of using only graphite and black pencil, she has been painting for the last 2 years. She has had solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Edinburgh and has been part of numerous group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe.