space and surface …

Artist Mari French at the opening evening of Beyond the Surface

Artist Mari French at the opening evening of Beyond the Surface

Friday evening was the Opening Night of my solo exhibition Beyond the Surface, at Greyfriars Art Space in King’s Lynn. Over 30 people turned up over the two hours, from the collectors to the curious, and there was a good buzz about the place. It was a pleasure to meet and chat with so many enthusiastic, interesting people.

The photographer from the Lynn News came just before the event, so there should be something in this coming Friday’s edition. 

GAS gallery
Beyond the Surface at Greyfriars Art Space, King’s Lynn 


Beyond the Surface exhibition

Over 30 people on the night

The ceramics are by Dameon Lynn, I love the textures and the way they complement my work. See more of Dameon’s work here.

The gallery is a great space to exhibit, bright and spacious, and can be hired by the week by artists and craftspeople wanting to hold a show. For details contact Greyfriars Art Space at

Ceramics by Dameon Lynn

Ceramics by Dameon Lynn



architectural paintings by Mari French

Architectural paintings by Mari French


impressions of Venice …


I’ve been busy creating and printing a few more collagraphs this week, in preparation for my forthcoming solo exhibition ‘Beyond the Surface’ in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. Most of the new ones are small and I’ve used a variety of ink colours (Hawthorn Inks).

The plan is to sell the collagraph prints at the show, (which will be a variety of abstracted mixed media paintings), simply wrapped at a reasonable price, so there will be something to suit all pockets.

The recent small collagraphs here were influenced by the crumbling facades of buildings I came across in Venice earlier this year. I used scraps of wallpaper, sandpaper, string, muslin and a lovely piece of narrow lace ribbon I picked up at a recent vintage fair, which seems to lend itself well to the suggestion of fine architectural decoration. It also adds to the fun of browsing vintage fairs and the like, looking for textured materials to use.

By the way, I’m sure I’m not the only one to find the used, cleaned plate as interesting in its own right?

Untitled Collagraph, Mari French 2013

Untitled Collagraph, Mari French 2013

Untitled Collagraph, Mari French 2013

Untitled Collagraph, Mari French 2013

Collagraph plate

Collagraph plate, Mari French



The printmaking corner of my studio

chasing the light …

Two new artworks from my current series ‘Towards the Light’…

See previous posts Towards the Light and Shadow & Light which explain the inspiration for these.

I’m still thinking up a title for the first one below, which I only finished today. That glorious plum colour in the shadows is a glaze using an Inktense block I bought a few days ago, the first time I’ve used them (although I do use the Inktense pencils for sketching).


Untitled, Mari French 2013

I’ve entered the first two of this series (Flight, shown below, and Towards the Light, shown on earlier post) into the National Open Art Competition, so fingers crossed! If they don’t get through I’ll be trying them in other open competitions – I think they’re some of my strongest works.

These are a bit of a departure from my usual landscape work, as regular visitors to my blog and followers of my work will realise. I’m enjoying working on them.

All Acrylic/ink/mixed media on watercolour board, approx 20 x 30 inches.

Flight, Mari French 2013