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. 

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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 http://www.greyfriarsartspace.co.uk

Ceramics by Dameon Lynn

Ceramics by Dameon Lynn


 

 

architectural paintings by Mari French

Architectural paintings by Mari French


 

impressions of Venice …

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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

 

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The printmaking corner of my studio

more saltmarsh paintings…and to frame or not to frame?

Bright day, Thornham saltmarsh © Mari French 2011

Bright day, Thornham saltmarsh © Mari French 2011

A couple more from my series of saltmarsh paintings (these are larger than the ones in my previous blog), which seem to be going well just now, building into a series which I’ll have to get framed soon for the group exhibition in May at Halesworth Gallery, Suffolk – Six Abstract Artists. As I’ve mentioned before (and its pretty obvious anyway) some are more abstract than others, so given the theme of the show I’ll have to be selective.

The framer I’ve been using since moving to Norfolk is Bill Henderson of Henderson’s Arts & Framing in Gaywood, King’s Lynn, who I find pretty reasonable price-wise (they also have a good stock of art supplies). Most of my work in the past year has been on box canvas, which I don’t usually frame. A gallery owner reflected in a recent discussion that buyers’ tastes may be swinging towards a preference for american-style ‘float frames’ for canvas – something I’m considering. When I lived and worked from my own studio/gallery on the Isle of Skye most visitors expressed a preference for leaving the canvases as they were – unframed.

Anyway, it’s been refreshing to work on an alternative surface producing these studies of Thornham saltmarsh and creek. I’ve also noticed my colour palette diversifying somewhat from previous more subdued colours I tended to use.

Saltmarsh light © Mari French 2011

Saltmarsh light © Mari French 2011