abstracts for the open


Acrylic/ink on canvas board, Mari French 2015.


I’ve enjoyed painting a few more of these small abstracts this past week, just in time for Norfolk Open Studios this coming weekend. I’m opening 23, 24, 25 and 30, 31 May up in my eyrie – my hayloft studio in Harpley, West Norfolk.

If you’re able to visit you can see them in the flesh! This link will give details and map.

Acrylic/ink on canvas board, Mari French 2015.


Acrylic/ink on canvas board, Mari French 2015.


meanwhile back at the easel …


Untitled, Mari French 2015

Untitled, Mari French 2015


It was good to be back in the studio painting last couple of days, after nearly three weeks of a horrible chest infection picked up on holiday in Venice. 

These are two small works in acrylic and Inktense stick on canvas board I finished today. I’m hoping to produce a few more before Norfolk Open Studios in 10 days, so I’ll have a few affordable pieces available aside from recently framed collagraph prints. I admit I’ve been panicking a bit wondering if I’d be well enough to prepare in time!

As with much of my recent work, these are inspired by Norfolk’s Saltmarsh Coast and I’ve deliberately kept to a limited palette of two acrylic colours plus my favourite Inktense colour, which I think adds to their atmosphere. I love the way the Inktense works with the canvas grain when I use it with lots of water.

Still thinking up titles.

Untitled, Mari French 2015

Untitled, Mari French 2015



Art Fair East, Norwich …

Art Fair East, Norwich, 4 to 7 June

I’m excited to be taking part in this new Art Fair for the East of EnglandAlong with Heather Tamplin, Helen Herbert, Alain Mansfield and Gavin Morris we will be sharing a large stand as The Collective, Norfolk.

A wide variety of artists, groups and galleries are lined up, so it looks like it’s going to be a special event. It’s my first Art Fair too, so wish me luck.

Norwich is a beautiful small ancient city and the fair is being held in its medieval heart, in the spectacular setting of St Andrew’s Hall, another reason to visit!

Private View is on Thursday 4th June 6-8.30pm

Email me at info@marifrench.com for a complimentary ticket which, if you print it out, (or show it on your phone at the door), will give you free entry all weekend.

Friday 5 June 10.30am to 8.30pm
Saturday 6 June 10.30am to 6.30pm
Sunday 7 June 10.30am to 5.00pm


The Halls, St Andrews Plain, Norwich, NR3 1AU
4 to 7 June 2015

Map, directions, further info