‘Painters’ exhibition at the Black Barn …

'Illuminated coast i, ii and iii' by Mari French at 'Painters' exhibition, Black Barn, Cockley Cley, 2017.
I’m currently showing three large canvases at ‘Painters’, an exhibition of work by 19 contemporary Norfolk artists, at the Black Barn, Cockley Cley, nr Swaffham in Norfolk. The exhibition is curated by Hugh Pilkington, for Sir Samuel and Lady Roberts. Artists include Tracey Ross, Elaine Banham, Kate Giles, Anne Allanson and Fred Ingrams.

Saturday (5th August) saw the private view of ‘Painters’ very well attended and enjoyable. Bright sunshine and flowing fizz with Hugh as genial host, made for a memorable evening. But most importantly, the works on display, all contemporary paintings, many of which were large canvases, formed an impressive, well-selected and thoughtfully hung show.

Work by Tracey Ross (left) and Anne Allanson at 'Painters' exhibition, Black Barn, Cockley Cley, 2017.

Work by Tracey Ross (left) and Anne Allanson at ‘Painters’ exhibition, Black Barn, Cockley Cley, 2017.


Hugh Pilkington curates quite a few exhibitions in Norfolk, including the Sainsbury Visual Arts Centre. He chatted with me about his interest in whether there is such a thing today as a Norfolk school of painting, as there was in the 19th century with the likes of John Sell Cotman. This exhibition ‘Painters’ is a result of Hugh’s desire to get together a group of contemporary Norfolk artists to illustrate the high quality of art currently being created in Norfolk. 

Hugh also curated Cley Contemporary 2016 (which I wrote about in a previous post, here). I’ll quote again, part of his text from Cley Contemporary 2016…

Who are the artists who could make up a new Norfolk or Norwich School? Who are the successors of Cotman and Crome; of Sell and Ackling; of Emerson and Payne Jennings? Who are the landscape painters? Who are the abstract painters? Who are the sculptors? Who works in other interesting and challenging formats?

Hugh Pilkington, Curator, Cley Contemporary 2016.

Work by Tracey Ross at 'Painters' exhibition, Black Barn, Cockley Cley, 2017.

Work by Tracey Ross at ‘Painters’ exhibition, Black Barn, Cockley Cley, 2017.

Work by Fred Ingrams at 'Painters' exhibition, Black Barn, Cockley Cley, 2017.

Work by Fred Ingrams at ‘Painters’ exhibition, Black Barn, Cockley Cley, 2017.

Work by Kate Giles at 'Painters' exhibition, Black Barn, Cockley Cley, 2017.

Work by Kate Giles at ‘Painters’ exhibition, Black Barn, Cockley Cley, 2017.


‘Painters’ is open each Saturday and Sunday in August, 11am-1pm (other times by appointment – Hugh Pilkington 01366 328354). If you’re planning to visit, follow signs for the (now closed) Iceni Village south of Swaffham, then follow the signs for the Black Barn.

'Painters' exhibition, Black Barn, Cockley Cley, 2017.

‘Painters’ exhibition, Black Barn, Cockley Cley, 2017.

Mari French and Tracey Ross at 'Painters' exhibition, Black Barn, Cockley Cley, 2017.

Mari French and Tracey Ross at ‘Painters’ exhibition, Black Barn, Cockley Cley, 2017.

Chelsea girl…

Time and place, mixed media on canvas, 70x70cm © Mari French 2017

Time and place, mixed-media on canvas. © Mari French 2017

I’m delighted to announce I have been recently taken on as a gallery artist by Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea, London. This beautiful gallery shows a range of contemporary artwork including some stunning abstract work which I love. Take a look at their website here.

Four of my recent paintings will be on show in their Summer Exhibition opening soon, including the two shown here. If you’re in the area I hope you will pop in.

'Charged with light', mixed-media on paper. © Mari French 2017.

‘Charged with light’, mixed-media on paper. © Mari French 2017

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

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