Mari French RI
Mari French is an abstract mixed media painter with a particular interest in the liminal landscapes of coastline, salt marsh and moorland. Confident use of layering and markmaking create a rich surface history in her artworks, while a limited palette gives them harmony and coherence, resulting in work that stands alone but still owes a debt to its subject. Her design background often emerges in her work through effective colour combinations, strong composition and use of typography.
Mari French was born in Manchester in 1957 and studied Art and Design at Stockport College as a mature student, followed by a career in graphic design. She later spent 15 years on the Isle of Skye, where she began to develop her abstract landscapes. She now lives in Norfolk as a full-time artist, sketching on the saltmarsh coast and working from her studio on a 1930s RAF airbase. She is represented by several UK galleries and her work is held in private collections worldwide.
In 2022 Mari French was elected as a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.
Artists & Illustrators Artist of the Year, Finalist, Mall Galleries, 2016.
Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition, Finalist, Mall Galleries, 2014.
Painting and Print Award, An Tuireann Gallery Open, Isle of Skye, 2003.
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries, 2016-2022.
Gallery East, Woodbridge, Suffolk, duo & group exhibitions, 2019-2022.
Little Buckland Gallery, Broadway, Cotswolds, group exhibitions, 2021-2022.
Babylon Arts, Cambridgeshire, group exhibition, ‘No Frost at Night’, 2021.
Grapevine Contemporary, Burnham Market, solo & group exhibitions, 2009-2019.
Royal Watercolour Society 'Contemporary Watercolours', Bankside Gallery, 2018, 2019.
Gallery Different, London, group exhibition (with Sheridan Russell), 2018.
Sheridan Russell Gallery, London art fairs, 2014-2017.
Cricket Fine Art, Summer exhibition, Chelsea, London, 2017.
Thompsons Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, mixed exhibitions, 2013-2017.
Artichoke Gallery, East Sussex, 'Across the water', group exhibition, 2017.
Cley Contemporary 16, North Norfolk Exhibition Project, 2016.
The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh, mixed exhibition, 2015.
Highgate Contemporary, London, 'Inside Out', duo exhibition, 2012.
Greyfriars Art Space, King’s Lynn, solo exhibitions, 2012, 2013,2014.
Inchmore Gallery, Inverness, solo & group exhibitions, 2006, 2007.
An Tuireann Gallery, Isle of Skye, group exhibition, 2005, 2006.
EAVA zine ‘Pilgrimages’, Publication of fine art and writing from East Anglia, June 2021.
Artists and Illustrators magazine, ‘Fresh Paint’ feature, September 2020.
‘The Woven Tale Press' Literature & Fine Art Magazine, featured artist, October 2019.
'Painting clouds and skies in oils', guest artist, Crowood Press, 2017.
The Artist Magazine, featured artist, July 2016.
'Blyth Spirit', Alan Marshall, Mascot Media, 2014.
KL magazine, featured artist, 2014.
'How artists see East Anglian Places', Green Pebble Books, 2010.