~ ARTIST ~
Specialist In Animal Portraiture
David French was born in 1939 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
After studying at his local college of Art and at the Bath Academy, he trained as a teacher in Derby.
Moving to Grantham, Lincolnshire with his wife and 2 young children in 1964, he was appointed as Lecturer in Fine Art at Grantham College.
In addition to his teaching duties, David painted racehorses in his spare time (racehorses were his first love as he always wanted to be a jockey - an ambition he never fulfilled - but it was the beginning of his love of painting the racing animal), a period in which he depicted such legendary horses as Red Rum, Shergar & later Desert Orchid. It was through painting racehorses that David became involved in painting greyhounds. He was introduced to leading trainer Geoff De Mulder and the meeting became a turning point in David's life. From depicting a few of Geoff's dogs for their owners, demands by other owners became so great for David's work that in 1979 he resigned his lectureship and became a professional artist, specialising in painting the racing animal.
Since those early days, David has become the only artist in history to have painted 16 Greyhound Derby winners for their owners, as well as countless numbers of other Classic and Open Race winners and has also had commissioned a work presented to H.R.H. Prince Edward (now Duke of Wessex)
Since he started painting greyhounds, David has produced a number of prints and it is these that have generated a massive interest in his work.
David is now offering these prints to a world-wide audience via the internet, so that all may now collect and enjoy the work of the artist whose name is synonymous with greyhound art - David French
To see David's work and order your copy of these very special prints.