Anouk Mercier

Anouk Mercier’s practice begins in the collecting of images; from 17th and 18th Century Romantic landscape etchings to hand-tinted Victorian photographs and postcards of alpine hotels. Although visually and historically disparate, these images serve to present idealised depictions of their subject (be it nature or architecture) and Anouk uses this common thread to combine the visual languages that they represent throughout her practice.

The results are fictional, ‘collaged’ landscapes and scenes, composed of many fragments of existing etchings and other collected images. 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.

Anouk 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 live and work from Bristol. Alongside her practice Anouk is an active promoter of drawing, 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.

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2005-2008 BA(hons) Art and Visual Culture. The University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol.

2002-2003 Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts (Paris) Classical Drawing Course (Summer Courses in Fresco, Modelage and Art History)


2012 ‘Excursus’, Antlers Gallery, Bristol

2011 ‘Paysages Fantastiques et autres dessins…’,‘La Galerie’, Clamecy, France


2015 Jerwood Drawing Prize

2015 The Tragedy of Landscape, Griffin Gallery (curated by Antlers Gallery), London

2015 ‘Classic / Luxury / Exotic / Romance’, The Contemporary London, London

2014 ‘162 Autumn Exhibition’, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2014 London Art Fair Art Projects, Antlers Gallery London

2013 City Lives, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery,Bristol

2013 Lucid, bo.lee Gallery, London

2013 Drawn, (open exhibition), The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2012 Mono no aware, Bo.lee Gallery, Bath

2012 160 Autumn Exhibition, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2012 Reliquary, bo.lee Gallery, Bath

2012 Old Beliefs, Antlers Gallery, Stroud

2012 Narrative, Antlers Gallery for Bradford Museum (Manor House), Ilkley

2012 Last Day, Cartel, London

2012 Other Nature, Antlers Gallery, London

2011 159 Autumn Exhibition, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2011 Botany, Antlers Gallery, Bristol

2011 Through Hills and Valleys, Bristol Drawing School, Bristol

2011 All that We Are, Bath Fine Art, Bath

2011 Uncanny Views, Antlers Gallery, Bristol

2009 Friday the 13th, Plan 9, Bristol

2008 The Show, Faculty of Creative Arts Degree Show, Spike Island, Bristol

2008 When we build, let us think we build forever, Loading bay, Spike Island, Bristol


2016 London Art Fair 2016: Art Projects, Antlers Gallery, London

2014 London Art Fair Art Projects, Antlers Gallery,London

2013 Affordable Art Fair, Antlers Gallery, Bristol


2013 Contemporary Artists Explore Printmaking Bursary, supported by the Arts Council,

Double Elephant Print Worshop, Exeter

2011 ART Magazine ‘Emerging Artist Award’, RWA 159 Autumn Exhibition.

2008 Innes Wilkin Art in Architecture Prize


Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Collection


2009 ‘What would become of us, if we walked only in a garden or a mall’, collaborative, site-specific installation, Beachcroft Space, Portwall, Bristol (co-curator & maker).

2008 ‘The Far West Metro Store’, Arnolfini , Relational and Plan 9 Offsite Project, Bristol.

2008 ‘Can We Stay Over Tonight?’, Plan 9, Bristol (Co-curator).


2009 The Berlin Office, Berlin


Associate Lecturer at The University of the West of England (UWE), (2013 to date)

Co-founder of Bristol Drawing Club, (2009 to date)

Tutor at Bristol Drawing School, (2012 to date)

Drawing Suite Selected Artist (2014 to date)

RWA Artist Member, (2012 to date)

Jamaica Street Studios Artist,(2012 to date)

Member of Plan 9 (2008 – 2010)