French has completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Australia (1997) and Honours year at Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (2003). And has completed an Associate of Design at Jamfactory Contemporary Craft and Design, Adelaide, Australia (1999)
He has exhibited extensively since 2000. Selected solo and group exhibitions include Collect09 Saatchi Gallery London UK, Look Forward – Traver Gallery Tacoma USA, Whitehot – Asialink touring show – Gallery of Art and Design Silpakom University Bangkok Thailand (2009), ‘In Essence- The Legacy of Stephen Procter’ ‘Sabbia Gallery Australia 2008, Artefact of the Accident (solo) Canberra Glassworks, Canberra, Australia and Jamfactory Contemporary Craft and Design, Adelaide, Australia (2007), A Little Drop of Kindness Craft ACT, Canberra, Australia, Glass Art in Australia, Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney, Australia (2001), Visionary – New Australian Glass, Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney, Australia (2000). He has been a frequent finalist in the Ranamok Glass Prize since 2000.
French is the recipient of several awards and grants, including The Stephen Procter Fellowship, Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Australia (2007), Artist in Residence, Northlands Creative Glass, Scotland (2007), Artist in Residence, Canberra School of Art, ANU, Australia (2007), Lino Tagliapietra International Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, USA (2001), The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Award, Ian Potter Foundation, Australia (2001).