Biography

Contact me today to find out about workshops and how to purchase my sculptures or paintings.
Contact me today to find out about workshops and how to purchase my sculptures or paintings.

Marie France Rose was born in Quebec Canada into an eccentric French Canadian family. Her sister Lili Gulliver has become a well known French erotic novelist in Canada.

From early childhood she developed her passion for art and by the age of 18 had commenced studying art, theatre and dance in Montreal.

After extensive world travel including America, South America, Asia and Europe, France settled in Australia in 1979, where she pursued a career in the restaurant and hospitality industry while raising 2 beautiful children, her artwork providing a calming sanctuary from the general demands of life.

1997 saw France leave the hospitality race to embark fully on her long awaited journey in art. Completing an Advanced Diploma in Ceramics and Visual Arts in 1999 and after a couple of successful exhibitions on the Sunshine Coast including Noosa, Yandina and Mooloolaba, France took her fresh eyes and creative energy all around the world via the Salon Des Metier D’art in Montreal and Germany’s – Frankfurt Trade Fair for inspiration and expression.

Since returning to Australia in 2002, France has developed an eclectic style for each of the multitude of mediums she now explores. Oil, acrylic and clay can be found in a variety of mixtures in frames or simply expressed in sculpture. Settling in Uki has freed France to dedicate her creativity to art, providing the time, space and motivation most artists dream of.

Marie-France’s artist’s statement:

I am a sculptor, principally working in clay as my favourite medium. My pieces are hand built. I work with slabs of clay gradually building the form to achieve the desired shape. These are then fired in a gas kiln to become my canvas. Oil or acrylic is used to produce the illusion of metal or vibrant colors.

At time I go directly to the clay and create a figure. At other times I draw an image and use it as my basis for the form. I always like to let the clay direct me. So in a way I collaborate with my material.

I have a strong interest in the energy of nature and the energy of the body.

Winner of the Byron Writers festival peoples choice award 2012
Winner of the Byron Writers festival peoples choice award 2012

Current Activities

I run Monthly workshops from my studio for Sculpture in Uki.

  • Ace Murwillumbah adults sculpture workshop 2009 ,2010,2011.
  •  sculptures class in Uki.
  • Summer holidays: 2009, 2010, 2011 ,2012 2013 Tweed gallery children and adults workshop.
  • Easter holidays: 2009, 2010, 2011 ,2012,2013 Tweed gallery children and Adults workshop
  • School holidays: 2011 – June Tweed gallery children workshop
  • 2 Community project in Uki

Workshops

Tweed Regional Art Gallery 2013-current
Still Gallery Byron bay 2010
Uki Butter Factory -2007 Artist in residence, workshops for adults and children
Regency Coolum – 2007 (Workshops in creative arts)
Cooroy butter Factory- 2006
Community Arts Workshops tutor Precious Earth Studio

Education

Post graduate 2005
Advanced Diploma in Ceramics and Visual Arts in 1999

Exhibitions

25th Sep – 4th Oct 2015 Residency in Quebec Canada”Rêves d’ Automne” 2014-2015 Murwillumbah Escape Gallery
2014-2015 Tweed Regional Gallery Cafe
2010-2014 Byron Bay Art Classic
2014, 2012 Byron Bay Writers Festival Sculpture Competition
2014, 2013 Nimbin Art extravaganza
2013,  Pro Art Dubai UAE
2013,  Dubai International Art Centre  Dubai UAE
2013, 2012 Swell Sculpture Exhibition Currumbin Gold Coast
2009, 2010 Stokers Siding Pottery Gallery
2007-2015  Images Of Uki Art Exhibition
2009, 2010 Way Wood gallery Byron Bay
2009, FEVA Byron Bay
2008, 2010, 2014 Border Art Prize Tweed Regional Art Gallery
2009,2011, 2013 Border Art Prize  Gold Coast Regional Gallery
2007-2009, Fingal Studio 44 Art Osmosis
2008, Nimbin Art Exhibition
2007, Playground Mackay
2006, Hyatt regency Coolum Beach
2005, Bare Bones art Space Bangalow
2005, Buddha Bar Byron Bay,
2003, Germany’s Frankfurt Trade Fair
1999, Yandina Gallery
1999, Mooloolaba
1999, Noosa Tafe

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