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BIOGRAPHY


Mari French paints abstract landscapes in acrylics and mixed-media. Her inspirations range from the wild expanse of the Norfolk saltmarsh coast, to the light-filled stretches of the Venetian lagoon. She works in an experimental and intuitive manner - an unpredictable and exciting process, resulting in a distillation of her experience and an expressive, atmospheric evocation of place.

French was born in Manchester and studied art and design at Stockport College in the 1980s. Her subsequent career as a graphic designer led her to relocate to the Isle of Skye, where she lived, worked and, increasingly, painted and exhibited. Since moving to Norfolk in 2009, she has worked full-time as a contemporary mixed-media artist.

French has exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London several times: as a selected artist in the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours exhibition in 2016 and 2017; 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.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:
Summer exhibition, Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea, London, 2017
Selected artist, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Mall Galleries, 2016
'Across the water', Artichoke Gallery, East Sussex, 2017
Thompsons Gallery, Aldeburgh, Mixed shows, 2014-2017
Affordable Art Fair Battersea, Sheridan Russell Gallery, 2017
Cley Contemporary 16 exhibition, Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, 2016
Salt & Sand (solo), Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Market, Norfolk 2016
Finalist, Artists & Illustrators Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, London, 2016
Affordable Art Fair: Battersea/Chelsea/Hampstead, Sheridan Russell Gallery, 2016
PAiNT, The Undercroft, Norwich, Norfolk, 2015
The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh, 2015
Art Fair East, Norwich, 2015
'Landmarks' (solo), Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Market, Norfolk, 2013
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
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