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Rachel lives and works in London, UK
Born in Cambridgeshire, Mercer studied at Cardiff School of Art and Design graduating in 2012 before being awarded the postgraduate programme at The Royal Drawing School. Since 2014 she has been a painter working in London. Major exhibitions include Christie's (2013), Mandell's Gallery (2018), San Mei Gallery (2019), Carousel Gallery, and Coventry Cathedral (2020). Her work was shortlisted for the Ruth Borchard Prize (2020) and she had work purchased for the Royal Collection by HM The Prince of Wales. Mercer paints figures who seem to search for the spiritual or moral virtue within the modern world. Intense colours suggest an environment that is both beautiful and hostile.
‘My paintings explore my sensual experience of the world, I attempt to capture the movement and actions of people in their interactions with space and each other. The figures are painted from a combination of memory, imagination and sketchbook drawings. I aim to capture the experience of a momentary glance or flash of memory. The painted surface is layered with multiple reworkings, the surface is scraped, and scratched in an attempt to find the image on the canvas.'
Postgraduate Diploma, The Royal Drawing School 2013
Bachelor Degree (First Class Hons), Cardiff Metropolitan University 2012
Foundation Diploma (Distinction), Cardiff Metropolitan University 2008
Grants and Awards
Awards and Residencies
August 2022 – Two-week residency at Dumfries House Ayrshire awarded by Royal Drawing School
June 2022 – Shortlisted for the Waverton Art Prize
May 2019 -Shortlisted for Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize
October 2019 – Covid relief bursary awarded by Bow Arts.
June 2019 – Two-month Residency in Chengdu, China awarded by The Royal Drawing School (London) and Elm Education (China) in partnership with San Mei Gallery, London.
June 2015 Artist in Residence - North London Collegiate School.
September 2014 – 2-week residency at Dumfries House Scotland awarded by The Royal Drawing School.
2011, Artistic development bursary, awarded by Cardiff Metropolitan University
October 2021- Work selected for Bow Open competition, exhibited at Nunnery Gallery
Sept 2021- ‘Within Without’ Two-Person Show at the Crypt Gallery, London
May 2021 – Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize exhibition. Coventry Cathedral
Dec 2020 – ‘This is Where We Meet’ Group exhibition at Carousel Gallery, London (Selected Guardian exhibition of the week)
Sept 2020/2021- Art Car Boot Fair (Virtual exhibition). Online art fair.
July 2020- ‘Reaction in Seclusion’ – Virtual group exhibition curated by Beatrice Hassell- McCosh.
June 2020- ‘Inside Out’ – Solo exhibition of works on paper curated by Megan Garrett-Jones Ramsgate, UK
Dec 2019 - ‘Fresh Eyes’ Exhibiting a series of oil paintings made after a two-month residency in China, curated by Ludovica Bulciolu, San Mei Gallery, London
Sept 2019 – ‘Fresh Eyes’ Exhibiting a series of oil paintings made whilst in China at Yiie Gallery, Chengdu China.
May 2019 – Group Show Mendell’s Gallery, Norwich
October 2018 - ‘Babes in the Orchard' - Joint show at Mercer Chance Gallery, London
March 2018- Group exhibition ‘Through the Looking Glass: contemporary Self Portraits’, Mercer Chance Gallery.
October 2017 - Joint Exhibition with Enya Lachman-Curl, Mercer Chance Gallery, London