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  ANOUK MERCIER

Route des Lindarets - Une Cascade
graphite on paper
34.5 x 44.5 x.5 cm
© Anouk Mercier 2015

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Born 1984 in Paris, France, Anouk Mercier studied classical drawing at the Beaux Arts in Paris before returning to the UK to complete a BA [hons] in Art and Visual Culture at the University of the West of England [UWE] in 2008. She continues to work from Bristol from her studio at Jamaica Street Studios, regularly exhibiting both in the UK and France. Alongside her practice Anouk is an active promoter of drawing in Bristol and further afield, having co-founded Bristol Drawing Club in 2009 and now acting as a tutor for Bristol Drawing School, as well as Associate Lecturer for UWE as [2013 - 2014].

Mercier’s practice combines references to 17th and 18th Century landscape etchings, hand tinted Victorian photographs and postcards of alpine hotels with her own delicate mark making to create new, ‘collaged’ landscapes and scenes. Influenced by Romanticism and the Sublime these melancholic worlds, undefined by time or space, merge references to the past with futuristic propositions. They present, in doing so, the timeless yearning for escapism through the portrayal of a fragmented, yet beautiful ideal, whilst also exploring the mysterious, the abysmal and the uncanny that often lurks behind idylls.

Recent solo exhibitions include Excursus, Antlers Gallery, Bristol [2012] and Paysages Fantastiques et autres dessins La Gallerie, Clamecy, France [2011]. Recent selected group exhibitions include The Tradegy of Landscape, with Antlers Gallery at Griffin Gallery,London [2015], CLASSIC / LUXURY / EXOTIC / ROMANCE, Two person show with Greg Eason
at The Contemporary London [2015], The Contemporary London new gallery launch exhibition, London [2014], 162nd Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol [2014], London Art Fair Art Projects, London [2014], City Lives, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol [2013], Lucid, bo.lee Gallery, London [2013], Drawn, [open exhibition], The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol [2013] mono no aware, bo.lee Gallery, Bath [2012], Reliquary, bo.lee Gallery, Bath [2012], Old Beliefs, Antlers Gallery, Stroud [2012] and Narrative, Antlers Gallery for Bradford Museum Authority at Manor House Museum and Art Gallery, Ilkley [2012].

Awards include Contemporary Artists Explore Printmaking Bursary, supported by the Arts Council, Double Elephant Print Workshop, Exeter [2013] The Royal West of England Academy’s Emerging Artist Award [2011] and ART Magazine Emerging Artist Award, RWA 159 Autumn Exhibition [2011]. Her work is to be found in the collections of Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Permanent Collection.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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