Nathan French (Wales)
Nathan French is a self-taught sculptor; hence his work is a trial of experiments with textures and unusual materials, using wax, feathers, butterfly wings, insects and crystals. Even when he trained in fashion at Central Saint Martins, his work was already more sculptural couture and wearable art than fashion. Fascinated by the human body, he decided to create it rather than dress it.
His life-size sculptures and busts are portraits of a regurgitated history seen in a contemporary context, whether personal or political. His pieces are a juxtaposition of aesthetics and concepts. His themes are a melange of identity, sexuality and adversity. He aims to show the beauty of the misrepresented and marginalized people in society.