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North Yorkshire artist Adrienne French

Adrienne French.

NY Artist: Adrienne French

Inspired by trips to Pakistan, Ethiopia and Europe, Adrienne's landscapes are big, bold and colourful. Look closely and you'll see some amazing detail. Adrienne explains what influences her and what she's working on now...

I have lived in York with my family since 1982 and have worked as an artist since graduating with a B.A (Hons) in Art & Design in 2000 (York, Ripon & St. John) affiliated to Leeds University.

Detail from San Giorgio Maggiore

Detail from San Giorgio Maggiore.

The year 2000 was the Year of The Artist and I was given a grant to work as an Artist in Residence at a Hospice in York for a period of six months. This was extended with the support of a further grant from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which allowed me to continue my work at the Hospice as well as time to develop my own style and build up a portfolio.

Since graduating I have exhibited three or four times a year, sometimes solo and sometimes in selected group shows and in various locations. I have also had numerous commissions over the last four years. I exhibit very successfully at the Annual York Open Studios event. 

My work over the last four years has been concerned primarily with interpretations of landscape, based on observations and memory of time spent both in the Northern area of Pakistan, travels in Ethiopia and more recently Spain and Italy, but also walks on the North York Moors throughout the year. The range of mixed media I use in my work reflects the textures and marks found in these landscapes.

Detail from Angel in San Giorgio

Detail from Angel in San Giorgio

I work in mixed media using wax and texture medium as well as oil paints, acrylics and emulsions on very large and very small scale, working from sketch books and photographs but more often from memory, and emotional responses to a specific moment in time producing work with a lot of surface texture and sumptuous colours.

More recently I have begun to explore our response to ‘loss’ and partings, and the traces left with us, in the form of memories, emotions and memorabilia.

Adrienne French

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