Meet the Artist: Carmonn French


Carmonn French is the artist behind the image of the Pythia Prize. She grew up in a small town, which she believes to be one of the most influential parts of her journey as an artist. Next month, Carmonn will see the opening of her very own gallery in Darlinghurst, Sydney. 

...the sheer beauty of living in a rural town near the Murrumbidgee river still has such a profound impact on my colour choices within my works. The Australian landscape is so rich and raw in so many different ways.  
— Carmonn French

When did you start painting?

When I was about 13 years old, I realised I could draw and paint and I fell in love with it. I've never been technically trained as an artist which I feel allowed me to approach my work with a particular creative freedom. I truly believe this has allowed me to become a better artist. 

Describe your typical painting environment. 

Right now, I'm painting in my new studio in Darlinghurst, Sydney. It's quite noisy as it's on a busy road. I choose not to paint on an easel or at a desk, but prefer to paint with my canvas awkwardly on my lap or on the floor. I always have music playing as I am heavily influenced by sound. 

Who are your female artistic heroes?

It's hard to narrow it down, but I would have to say Naata Nungurrayi, Dominique Crenn, Tori Amos, Amy Winehouse and Kate Winslet. I look up to anyone who is dedicated to their craft. 

Check out more of Carmonn's work at

Rubiks Collective