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 result 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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Read an interview with Anouk here: http://www.antlersgallery.com/artist-interview-anouk-mercier

EDUCATION


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)


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2012 ‘Excursus’, Antlers Gallery, Bristol


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


EXHBITIONS


2015 Jerwood Drawing Prize (Forthcoming)


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


ART FAIRS


2016 London Art Fair Art Projects, Antlers Gallery, London (forthcoming)


2014 London Art Fair Art Projects, Antlers Gallery,London


2013 Affordable Art Fair, Antlers Gallery, Bristol


PRIZES/BURSARIES


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


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS


Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery


Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Collection


OTHER PROJECTS


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).


RESIDENCIES


2009 The Berlin Office, Berlin


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


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)

Landscapes

And the Ruin was Finally Revealed
Airbrushed Inks, Acetone Transfer, Colour Pencil and Graphite on Paper
63 x 45 cm
£1,150

Evening Sun, Burning Brightly Over the Ruined City
Inks, Acetone Transfer, Colour Pencil and Graphite on Paper
120 x 70 cm
£4,500

And the Sky Glowed Brightly
Airbrushed Inks, Acetone transfer, Colour Pencil and Graphite on Paper
48 x 40 cm
SOLD

And the Sun, Slowly, Illuminated the Plain
121 x 65 cm
Airbrushed Inks, Acetone transfer, Colour Pencil and Graphite on Paper
SOLD

Clouds Rising , Over the Falls
81 x 59 cm
Airbrushed Inks, Acetone transfer, Colour Pencil and Graphite on Paper
SOLD

The Island
Airbrushed Inks, Acetone transfer, Colour Pencil and Graphite on Paper
9 X 40 cm
SOLD

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Chalets

Chalet (No.9)
Acetone Transfer, Watercolour, Graphite and Collage on Paper
40.6 x 30.5 cm
£550

Chalet (No.10) , Acetone Transfer, Watercolour, Graphite and Collage on Paper
40.6 x 30.5 cm
SOLD

Chalet (No.7)
Watercolour, Graphite and Collage on Paper
40.6 x 30.5 cm
SOLD

Chalet (No.3), Acetone Transfer, Watercolour, Graphite and Collage on Paper
40.6 x 30.5 cm
SOLD

Chalet (No.4), Acetone Transfer, Watercolour, Graphite and Collage on Paper
40.6 x 30.5 cm
£550

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Photo Etchings

Hôtel Belvédère (2/10)
(Unique work in edition of 10)
Photo Etching, Airbrushed Inks, Colour Pencil and Graphite on Paper
44 x 39 cm
Edition 2/10 SOLD
Other Editions Available
£450

Falls View Hotel (1/10)
(Unique work in edition of 10)
Photo Etching, Airbrushed Inks, Colour Pencil and Graphite on paper
19.2cm x 28cm
Edition 1/10 SOLD
Other Editions Available
£450

Lake View Lodge 5/10 (Unique work in edition of 10)
Photo Etching, Airbrushed Inks, Colour Pencil and Graphite on Paper
38 cm x 33 cm
Edition 1/10 and 2/10 SOLD (Other Editions Available)
£350

Falls View Hotel 4/10 (Unique work in edition of 10)
Photo Etching, Airbrushed Inks, Colour Pencil and Graphite on Paper
Edition 1
3/10 SOLD (Other Editions Available)
£390

Hotel Belvédère 4/10 (Unique work in edition of 10)
Photo Etching, Airbrushed Inks, Colour Pencil and Graphite on Paper
44 cm x 39 cm
Edition 1
3/10 SOLD (Other Editions Available)
£390

Falls View Hotel 5/10 (Unique work in edition of 10)
Photo Etching, Airbrushed Inks, Colour Pencil and Graphite on Paper
Edition 1
3/10 SOLD (Other Editions Available)
£390

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Graphite Drawings

Environs D'Elva, Le Saut des Cuves
Graphite on Paper
SOLD

Cascade du Lac Noir
Graphite on Paper
49.5 x 39.5 cm
SOLD

Route des Lindarets, Une Cascade
Graphite on Paper
50 x 60 cm
£3,250

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Editions by Anouk Mercier


    Three Peaks Rising
    £50

    Chalet (No.6)
    £60

    Untitled (no.21)
    £90

From the Blog

Artist Interview: Anouk Mercier

Anouk Mercier’s solo show ‘Excursus’ brings together a body of work produced over the last 8 months, since she took the decision to dedicate herself to her practice full-time. Based in Bristol since completing her Fine Art BA at the …

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