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BIOGRAPHY

Originally from Manchester, Mari French 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.

The inspiration for French's energetic, yet intimate artworks can range from the wild expanse of the Norfolk saltmarsh coast, to the dramatic industrial ruins of a Cornish tin mine. She enjoys experimenting with mixed-media, an unpredictable and exciting process, resulting in a distillation of her experience of place.

Mari French was a selected artist in the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours 2016 at the Mall Galleries; a finalist in Artist & Illustrator Magazine's 'Artist of the Year' 2016 and a finalist in The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014. She exhibits throughout the UK and her work is held in national and international private collections.

EDUCATION:

BTEC HND Graphic Design, Stockport College of Art & Design, 1986-88
Diploma European Art History & Culture, Open University, 1984-86

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

Selected artist, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Mall Galleries, 2016
Finalist, Artists & Illustrators magazine Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, 2016
Thompsons Gallery, Aldeburgh, Summer Exhibition 2016
Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Market, Norfolk, solo, 2014/2016
PAiNT, The Undercroft, Norwich, 2015
The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh, 2015
Art Fair East, Norwich, 2015
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
Fotheringham Gallery, Stirling, 2008
Inchmore Gallery, Inverness (solo), 2007
An Tuireann Arts Centre, Isle of Skye, 2007

AWARDS:

Finalist, Artists & Illustrators Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, London, 2016
Residency, Stiwdio Maelor, Corris, Wales, 2015
Residency, Brisons Veor Trust, Cape Cornwall, 2014
Painting & Print Award, An Tuireann Open, Isle of Skye, 2004 & 2007

PRESS & PUBLICATIONS:

The Artist Magazine, July 2016 (3 pg feature)
'Blyth Spirit', book, Alan Marshall, Mascot Media 2014
'How artists see East Anglian Places', book, Green Pebble 2010
KL magazine, September 2014 (3 pg feature)
Ham & High (Hampstead & Highgate) News, Arts Review, July 2012