Marie Boyle French, b. 1966

Marie studied graphic design in Paris at (E.S.A.M). She then went on to work in advertising for a time before moving to Oxford. She took up painting under the tuition of Prue Pardue RA, and the St Ives school of Art. Marie is a member of the Oxford Art Society and associate member of the Penwith Gallery in St Ives.


Her inspiration comes from things observed, but she paints mostly from memory. She is interested in the evolving relationship between shapes, colours and texture. Her subjects vary but she enjoys playing with the compositional and material elements of a painting until they resolve themselves in ways that are difficult to predict. Her father is an art collector, with a strong interest in archeology, so she grew up surrounded by interesting objects.nShe says, ‘I love what is often called "primitive" art for it simple eloquence. As a child, I wanted to discover a new colour; never seen before. I don't know if it will ever happen!’ 

Marie likes the japanese "Wabi Sabi" philosophy, the beauty in imperfection. The layers, the rhythm, the accident and the suggestion, all have their place. Each picture should become a visual poem.