Mari French is emerging as one of East Anglia’s most respected abstract painters. She grew up in Manchester close to the Pennine Hills, lived for several years on Skye and now lives in Norfolk, working from her studio on a former 1930s airbase. The roots of her paintings lie in her deep-seated affinity with landscape and weather, capturing the elemental forces of wild and less-visited landscapes. Mari says about her creative process “I try to evoke the shift of weather and light on a place and this is reflected in the sense of movement and change in the work itself. I sketch on location but in the studio I work from memory, using a variety of media to evoke my experience of a place rather than a representation”. Mari has exhibited widely; her work is regularly selected for the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) exhibitions at the Mall Galleries, London; she has also exhibited with The Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) at Bankside Gallery, London; was a finalist in Artist & Illustrator Magazine’s ‘Artist of the Year’ 2016; and a finalist in The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014. Her work has been featured in both the ‘Artist’ and ‘Artist & Illustrator’ magazines as well as in several art books and is held in private collections around the world. Mari is a member of the IEA.
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours – Mall Galleries 2016/17/18/19/20
RWS ‘Contemporary Watercolours’ – Bankside Gallery, 2018/19.
‘Restlessness: the East Anglian Landscape’ – Gallery East, Woodbridge, 2019/20
‘Surface: women abstract artists in East Anglia’ – Gallery East, Woodbridge, 2019/20
Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Market, Norfolk, solo exhibitions, 2017/18/19
Gallery Different, London – group exhibition with Sheridan Russell Gallery, 2018
Claremont Contemporary Art, Sevenoaks, Kent, group exhibitions, 2018/19
Bils & Rye, Kirkbymoorside, N. Yorks – group exhibitions, 2018/2019
“The Woven Tale Press” – Literature & Fine Art Magazine, October 2019
“Painting clouds and skies in oils” – Mo Teeuw, Crowood Press, 2017 “The Artist Magazine” – July 2016 (feature)
“Blyth Spirit” – Alan Marshall, Mascot Media 2014
“KL Magazine” – 2014 (feature)
“How artists see East Anglian Places” – Green Pebble 2010
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