Mari French is emerging as one of East Anglian's most respected abstract painters. Drawn particularly to the liminal landscapes of coast, saltmarsh and moorland, she creates expressive and evocative artworks in acrylics and mixed media, that capture her experience of place and the effects of light and weather.
The way Mari builds up her pieces - layering and wiping back media, exposing underlying passages and employing lively mark making - result in a rich surface history. Location sketching is combined with her intuition and experience of the subject, which, back in the studio, results in work that stands alone but still owes a debt to the landscape and her response to it.
Mari has been a professional artist for the past 20 years, before which she had a career in graphic design after studying art and design at Stockport College.
Her work is regularly selected for the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Exhibitions at the Mall Galleries and has been exhibited with The Royal Watercolour Society at Bankside Gallery, London. She was a finalist in Artists & Illustrators Magazine’s ‘Artist of the Year’ in 2016 and The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition in 2014, both at the Mall Galleries. Her work has been featured in several art publications and is held in private collections worldwide.
In 2022 she was elected a Member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. She is now based near the North Norfolk coast, working from her studio on a former 1930s RAF airbase.
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