Mari French AIEA


 

Like the landscapes that inspire them, my abstract mixed media paintings are not static; there is a fluidity and softness to their makeup. Weather and light are in constant flux and this is reflected in the work. There is movement, a billowing, a dance of line and mark, and these, coupled with the layering of paint, give a sense of the possibility of seeing through and beyond the surface.

Places that prompt my work can range from the wild North Norfolk saltmarsh coast or the rocky coves of Cornwall to the light-filled stretches of the Venetian lagoon. I’m an intuitive painter using a variety of media: paint, oil pastel, ink, etc. and aim to evoke my own experience of a place rather than a recognisable representation.

BIOGRAPHY:
I was born in Manchester and studied art and design at Stockport College in the 1980s. My subsequent career as a graphic designer eventually led me to relocate to the Isle of Skye in 1995, where, inspired by the incredible landscape, I increasingly, painted and exhibited. I now live in Norfolk, working full-time as a contemporary mixed-media artist, inspired by a very different but no less exciting landscape of saltmarshes, coastline and reedbeds.

I am an Associate member of the Institute of East Anglian Artists (IEA) and a member of the IEA council. From 2016-2017 I was the IEA Social Media Manager.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2018:

‘CONNECTION: Open’ Wells Maltings Trust, Wells-next-the-sea.
‘Fragile coast’ solo exhibition, Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Market, Norfolk.
Selected artist, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) Mall Galleries, London.
Selected artist, Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary (RWS), Bankside Gallery, London2017:
Selected artist, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) Mall Galleries.
Thompsons Gallery, Aldeburgh, Autumn Exhibition.
Institute of East Anglian Artists (IEA) Annual Exhibition, Holt, Norfolk.
Summer exhibition, Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea, London.
‘Painters’ curated by Hugh Pilkington, Cockley Cley, Norfolk.
‘Across the water’, Artichoke Gallery, East Sussex.2016:
Selected artist, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) Mall Galleries.
‘Salt & Sand’ solo exhibition, Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Market, Norfolk.
Cley Contemporary 16, curated exhibition, North Norfolk.
Artists & Illustrators’ Artist of the Year Finalist, Mall Galleries, London.
Thompsons Gallery, Aldeburgh, Mixed exhibitions.2015:
‘PAiNT’, The Undercroft, Norwich, Norfolk.
The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh.
Thompsons Gallery, Aldeburgh, Mixed exhibitions.
Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Gallery, Norfolk, Mixed exhibitions.

2014:
Finalist, Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition, Mall Galleries
‘Coastlines’ solo exhibition, Greyfriars Art Space, King’s Lynn.
Thompsons Gallery, Aldeburgh, Mixed exhibitions.
Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Gallery, Norfolk, Mixed exhibitions.

SELECTED PRESS & PUBLICATIONS:

‘Painting clouds and skies in oils’, Mo Teeuw, Crowood Press 2017
‘Blyth Spirit’, Alan Marshall, Mascot Media 2014
‘How artists see East Anglian Places’, Green Pebble 2010
The Artist Magazine, July 2016 (feature)
KL magazine, September 2014 (feature)

Page Updated – June 2017

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