The inspiration for Mari French’s energetic, yet intimate artworks range from the wild expanse of the Norfolk saltmarsh coast, or the dramatic ruins of a Cornish tin mine, to the light-filled stretches of the Venetian lagoon.
Her artworks are a culmination of experimentation with a variety of media: paint, oil pastel, ink, etc – an unpredictable and exciting process resulting in a distillation of her experience and a loose, atmospheric evocation of place.
Mari French was born in Manchester and studied at Stockport College of Art and Design in the 1980s. Her subsequent career as a graphic designer led her to relocate to the Isle of Skye in 1995, where she lived and worked as a graphic designer and artist until 2009. Now in Norfolk, she works full-time as a contemporary mixed-media artist. French was a selected artist in the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours 2016 at the Mall Galleries, finalist in Artist & Illustrator Magazine’s ‘Artist of the Year’ 2016 and finalist in The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014. She exhibits throughout the UK and her work is held in national and international private collections. She was recently elected as a Provisional member of the IEA (Institute of East Anglian Artists).
Art Fair Edinburgh, represented by Sheridan Russell Gallery, 2016.
Cley Contemporary 16, Cley-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk, 2016
Salt & Sand, Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Market, Norfolk (solo) 2016
Selected artist, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Mall Galleries, 2016
Finalist, Artists & Illustrators Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, London, 2016
Thompsons Gallery, Aldeburgh, Mixed shows, 2014-2016
Affordable Art Fair: Battersea/Chelsea/Hampstead, with
Sheridan Russell Gallery, 2016
PAiNT, The Undercroft, Norwich, Norfolk, 2015
The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh, 2015
Art Fair East, Norwich, 2015
Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Market, Norfolk (solo), 2013
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
Lime Tree Gallery, Fort William, 2008
Inchmore Gallery, Inverness (solo), 2007
An Tuireann Arts Centre, Isle of Skye, 2007
Residency, Stiwdio Maelor, Corris, Wales. 2015
Residency, Brisons Veor Trust, Cape Cornwall. 2014/17
1st prize, Painting & Print Award, An Tuireann Gallery, Skye. 2004/2007