Originally from Manchester, Mari French studied at Stockport College of Art and Design in the 1980s, followed by a career as a graphic designer. She eventually relocated to the Isle of Skye and worked as a designer and artist until moving to Norfolk in 2009, where she is now a full-time contemporary mixed-media artist.
Many of French’s artworks are inspired by the wild expanse of the north Norfolk salt marsh coast: the wind in the reeds, scribbled prints of waders on the sandbanks, light-filled marsh pools and the calls of geese. She enjoys experimenting with mixed-media – an unpredictable and exciting process, resulting in a distillation of her experience and a loose, atmospheric evocation of place.
French was a selected artist in the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours 2016, a finalist in both the Artist & Illustrator Magazine’s ‘Artist of the Year’ 2016 and in The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014. She exhibits throughout the UK and her work is held in national and international private collections.
French currently exhibits with the Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Market and Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk. She is represented at major UK art fairs by Sheridan Russell Gallery.
Cley Contemporary 16, North Norfolk, 2016
Thompsons Gallery, Aldeburgh, 2014-2016
Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Market, (solo) 2013/2016
Selected artist, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Mall Galleries, 2016
Finalist, Artists & Illustrators ‘Artist of the Year’, Mall Galleries, 2016
Affordable Art Fair: Battersea, Chelsea & Hampstead 2016
PAiNT, The Undercroft, Norwich, 2015
The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh, 2015
Art Fair East, Norwich, 2015
Greyfriars Art Space, King’s Lynn (solo), 2013-2014
Highgate Contemporary Art, London (two artist show), 2012
Assembly House, Norwich (solo), 2011
Halesworth Gallery, Suffolk, 2011
Inchmore Gallery, Inverness (solo), 2007
The Artist Magazine, (feature) July 2016
‘Blyth Spirit’, Alan Marshall, Mascot Media 2014
KL magazine, (feature), September 2014
‘ART!’, guide to the arts of East Anglia, Green Pebble 2011
‘How artists see East Anglian Places’, Green Pebble 2010
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