Approved: 20.05.2010

Henny Acloque

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Approved: 20.05.2010

Henny Acloque's narrative paintings reference old masters such as Bosch, Bruegel and Durer and explore the fragility of life. Layers of paint and reflective varnish create timeless, evanescent landscapes that encapsulate curious creatures and symbolic, recurring motifs drawn from memories and myths, such as trees, animals, plants, eggs and arches. The majority of paintings are seductively small, which

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  • Location: London
 

Biography

Henny Acloque's narrative paintings reference old masters such as Bosch, Bruegel and Durer and explore the fragility of life. Layers of paint and reflective varnish create timeless, evanescent landscapes that encapsulate curious creatures and symbolic, recurring motifs drawn from memories and myths, such as trees, animals, plants, eggs and arches. The majority of paintings are seductively small, which heightens the sinister frisson in the work and spectral space within all of the paintings provides a contemplative portal for considering self in relation to other. Archways with talons or medusa-esque vines brandishing a decapitated bird's head go further to belie the initial desire the paintings evoke in the viewer. Titles such as St. Paula (the patron saint of Widows) confirm that death is an ever present companion in her paintings. Well mined historical iconography - smoking candles, smiling skulls - undermine these eccentric worlds, where paradise is in the balance. (Ceri Hand)

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2009 - A Dressing, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool Group exhibitions 2009 - Kings, Gods, Mortals, Hamish Morrison Gallery, Berlin 2009 - Salon 09, Matt Roberts, Vyner Street, London Competitions, prizes and awards 2009 - Jerwood Drawing Prize, London (Jerwood space), various spaces around the country 2007 - John Moores painting prize, Walker Gallery, Liverpool Publications 2008 - Beasts, Fantagraphics, San Francisco