Henny Acloque


acrylic on board 

40 x 50 cm

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.

Born: 1979, London

Lives: London



2016-2018 MA Painting Royal College of Art London

2002  BA Honours Fine Art, University West of England   


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016  - Jerk  Galerie Tristan Lorenz Frankfurt 


2013 - Life After Magic (Ceri Hand Gallery, London, UK)

2012 - Justice (The China Shop, Oxford, UK) / Lugar De Culto (Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, UK)

2010 - Circumstances (First Floor Projects, London, UK)

2009 - A Dressing (Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, UK)


Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 -Exeter Phoenix, Contemporary Open 




2014 - 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Thames and Hudson, Launch/Exhibition (New York)  /  (a detail) (H Project Space, Bangkok, Transition gallery, London, The Usher Gallery, Lincoln)

2013 - Art Britannia (Madonna Building, Miami, USA) / Group Show (House of St. Barnabas, London, UK) / Beautiful Things (The Next Door Project, Liverpool, UK) / New British (Lloyds Club, London, UK)

2012 - John Moores Painting Prize exhibition (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK) / Royal Academy Summer Show (Royal Academy, London, UK) / Polemically Small (Orleans House Museum, London, UK)       

2011 - THE FUTURE CAN WAIT presents: Polemically Small (Charlie Smith Gallery,
London, UK) / Threadneedle Prize (Mall Galleries, London, UK) / Memory of a Hope (Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, UK) / THE FUTURE CAN WAIT presents: Polemically Small (Torrance Art Museum, LA, USA) / Polemically Small (Garboushian Gallery, LA, USA) / Fade Away (North Gallery, Newcastle, UK) / Fade Away (Transition Gallery, London, UK) / Black Hole Hums B Flat (Ceri Hand Gallery, London, UK) / Exeter Open (Exeter Phoenix Gallery, Exeter, UK)

2009 - Jerwood Drawing Prize (London, UK) / The Future Can Wait (The Truman Brewery, London, UK) / Salon 09 (Matt Roberts Arts, London, UK) / Kings, Gods & Mortals (Hamish Morrison Gallerie, Berlin, DE)

2008 - The Painting Room (Transition Gallery, London, UK) / These Living Walls of Jet (Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, UK)

2007 - Celeste Arts Prize (London and Edinburgh, UK) / John Moores 24 (Walker Gallery, Liverpool, UK) / Expedia (National Gallery, London, UK)


Prizes and Awards


2010 - Winner of the Exeter Open (Exeter Phoenix Gallery, Exeter, UK)



2014 - Cherry Cake Studios, Penang

2008 - Zoo, Buenos Aires, AR



2014 - 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Thames and Hudson

2012 - John Moores, Liverpool


2008 - Beast of Beasts, Seattle

2006 - John Moores 24, Liverpool

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