Mari French IEA

Mari French RI is a mixed media painter with a particular interest in the liminal landscapes of coastline, salt marsh and moorland, plus a passion for abstract florals. She creates abstract artworks which reflect her experience of a subject through the confident use of layering and eroding of mixed media and mark-making; creating a rich surface history with an emphasis on space and light.
French was born in Manchester in 1957, where she studied Art and Design at Stockport College, followed by a 20-year career in graphic design. She later spent 15 years on the Isle of Skye, developing and exhibiting her abstract landscapes. She now lives in Norfolk, working as a full-time artist, from her studio on a former 1930s RAF airbase. Her design background often emerges in her work through effective colour combinations, strong composition and use of typography.
Mari French has exhibited widely in both group and solo shows. Her work has been regularly selected for the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) at the Mall Galleries, London, 2016-2022; She exhibited in the Royal Watercolour Society’s ‘Contemporary Watercolours’ show at Bankside Gallery, London in 2018 and 2019; was a finalist in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition in 2014, and finalist in Artist & Illustrator Magazine Artist of the Year in 2016. She is represented by galleries in Norfolk, Suffolk, London, Kent and the Cotswolds. Her work is held in private collections worldwide.
In 2022 Mari French was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI).


EAVA zine ‘Pilgrimages’, @eavazine, June 2021.
Artists and Illustrators magazine, Fresh Paint feature, September 2020.
‘The Woven Tale Press’ Literature & Fine Art Magazine, featured artist, October 2019.
‘Painting clouds and skies in oils’, guest artist, Mo Teeuw, Crowood Press 2017.
The Artist Magazine, featured artist, July 2016.
‘Blyth Spirit’, Alan Marshall, Mascot Media 2014.
KL magazine, featured artist, 2014.
‘How artists see East Anglian Places’, Green Pebble 2010.