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Mari French

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"My work is essentially an abstract distillation of my experience of place. I’m an experimental and intuitive painter and use whatever works to achieve results that excite me. I am constantly learning and I love that; it feels like I’m on a journey."

Mari French is a British landscape painter using the style of abstraction. She presently lives in Norfolk, UK. Studying Art and Design at Stockport College, she subsequently pursued a career as a graphic designer, eventually moving to the Isle of Skye. In this location, she grew inspired by breath-taking views of the natural world, which continues to inspire her work.

The Influence of the British Coast

French’s art stems from the coastline of Norfolk, where she lives, and the rocky coves of Cornwall. Painting these areas in an abstract style heightens the curiosity of her audience which encourages further engagement in her work. Viewers are able to identify characteristics of the regions that they have travelled to, have knowledge of or even live in proximity to, bringing about a sense of familiarity to these landscapes.

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The Use of Mixed media

To begin her creative process, French sketches on location, which helps to establish her feelings and experience of a place. She then returns to the studio, where she experiments with a variety of materials from acrylic to oil pastel and ink. This intuitive and unpredictable process enables the painter to be more creative and expressive. Her canvases, even though grounded in real landscape, are freed from their initial inspiration and convey the intuitive painting experience of Mari French.

A National Presence

Mari French has garnered a strong audience across the UK, participating in exhibitions such as: The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea. French exhibits throughout the UK and her work is held in national and international private collections.

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Credentials

Prizes

  • 2017
    Institute of East Anglian Artists - Nominated– Norfolk, United Kingdom
  • 2016
    Artist & Illustrators Artist of the Year - Nominated– London, United Kingdom
  • 2014
    Sunday Times Watercolour Competition - Nominated– London, United Kingdom

Group exhibitions

  • 2017
    Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Annual Open / Mall Galleries – London, United Kingdom
  • 2017
    Cricket Fine Art Summer Exhibition / Chelsea – London, United Kingdom
  • 2017
    Autumn exhibition, Thompsons Gallery / Aldeburgh – Suffolk, United Kingdom
  • 2017
    'Painters' curated by Hugh Pilkington / Cockley Cley – Norfolk, United Kingdom
  • 2017
    Across the water, Artichoke Gallery / Ticehurst – East Sussex, United Kingdom
  • 2017
    Affordable Art Fair London / Battersea – London, United Kingdom
  • 2016
    Affordable Art Fair London / Battersea – London, United Kingdom
  • 2016
    Artist of the year, Artist and Illustrator Magazine / Mall Galleries – London, United Kingdom
  • 2016
    Cley Contemporary / Cley-next-the-sea – Norfolk, United Kingdom
  • 2016
    Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Annual Open / Mall Galleries – London, United Kingdom
  • 2016
    Summer Exhibition, Thompsons Gallery / Aldeburgh – Suffolk, United Kingdom
  • 2014
    Sunday Times Watercolour Competition / Mall Galleries – London, United Kingdom

Solo exhibitions

  • 2016
    Salt and sand, Grapevine Gallery / Burnham Market – Norfolk, United Kingdom
  • 2013
    Landmarks, Grapevine Gallery / Burnham Market – Norfolk, United Kingdom
  • 2012
    Inside Out, Highgate Contemporary Art / Highgate Contemporary Art – London, United Kingdom

Publications

  • 2017
    Crowood Press– Painting Skies in Oils, Mo Teeuw
  • 2014
    Mascot Media– Blyth Spirit, Alan Marshall
  • 2010
    Green Pebble Publishing– How artists see East Anglian Places

Residencies

  • 2017
    Brisons Veor, Cape Cornwall - Cornwall, United Kingdom
  • 2015
    Stiwdio Maelor - Corris, Wales, United Kingdom
  • 2014
    Brisons Veor, Cape Cornwall - Cornwall, United Kingdom
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