Mari French

Mari French

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The inspiration for my landscape-inspired abstracts range from the wild expanse of the Norfolk saltmarsh coast, to the light-filled stretches of the Venetian lagoon. My work is a result of experimentation with a variety of media: paint, oil pastel, ink, etc – an unpredictable and exciting process, a distillation of my experience and I hope, an atmospheric evocation of place.
I was born in Manchester and studied art and design in the late 1980s. My subsequent career as a graphic designer eventually led me to relocate to the Isle of Skye for 15 years, where, inspired by the incredible landscape, I increasingly, painted and exhibited.
I now live in Norfolk, working full-time as a contemporary mixed-media artist, inspired by a very different but no less exciting landscape of saltmarshes, coastline and reedbeds.

EXHIBITING:
I've had many solo and group exhibitions throughout the UK and my work is held in national and international private collections.
In the last few years I have exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London: as a selected artist in the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours exhibition, 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.

GALLERY REPRESENTATION:
Thompsons, Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Market, Norfolk.

Blue realm
Blue realm
  • 35 x 45 x 0.5 cm
  • £1,200.00
Bathing pool, Priest Cove.
Bathing pool, Priest Cove.
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  • 50 x 60 x 3.5 cm
Sun and shade
Sun and shade
  • 53 x 53 x 2 cm
  • £850.00
Tethered place
Tethered place
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  • 35 x 35 cm
The ringing of bells
The ringing of bells
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  • 30 x 30 cm
Suspended in time
Suspended in time
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  • 70 x 70 x 3 cm
Time and place
Time and place
  • 70 x 70 x 3 cm
  • £1,950.00
On arrival
On arrival
  • 70 x 70 x 3 cm
  • £1,850.00
A fine balance
A fine balance
  • 70 x 70 x 3 cm
  • £1,850.00
Falling back to earth
Falling back to earth
  • 33 x 50 cm
  • £1,200.00
Suspended land
Suspended land
  • 53 x 53 x 2 cm
  • £850.00
Neither land nor sea
Neither land nor sea
  • 34 x 47 cm
  • £1,100.00
Elemental space
Elemental space
  • 50 x 50 cm
  • £800.00
At the margins
At the margins
  • 50 x 50 cm
  • £800.00
Summer creek
Summer creek
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  • 60 x 50 cm
Illuminated coast (iii)
Illuminated coast (iii)
  • 100 x 100 x 3 cm
  • £2,500.00
Illuminated coast (ii)
Illuminated coast (ii)
  • 100 x 100 x 3 cm
  • £2,500.00
Illuminated coast (i)
Illuminated coast (i)
  • 100 x 100 x 3 cm
  • £2,500.00
Summer sandbank
Summer sandbank
  • 44 x 55 cm
  • £1,600.00
Interrupted space
Interrupted space
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  • 33 x 50 cm
In the warmth of the sun
In the warmth of the sun
  • 82 x 82 x 5 cm
  • £1,950.00
The spaces between
The spaces between
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  • 90 x 90 x 94 cm
Between land and sea
Between land and sea
  • 82 x 82 x 5 cm
  • £1,950.00
Breathing space
Breathing space
  • 51 x 66 cm
  • £1,750.00
Coastal storm
Coastal storm
  • 70 x 80 x 4 cm
  • £1,900.00