Rachel Mercer

  • Alumni, 2013
  • Faculty
  • Young Artists Faculty
  • Bespoke Courses Faculty

Biography

Born in Cambridgeshire, Mercer studied at Cardiff School of Art and Design for her BA and graduated in 2012 before being awarded the postgraduate programme at Royal Drawing School. Since 2014 she has been a practicing artist and art educator in London. She co-founded Mercer Chance Gallery which she closed in 2018 to focus on her own practise. In 2018 she exhibited at San Mei Gallery a body of work made in response to a 3 month residency in China, the residency was awarded by RDS and San Mei. In 2021 she was shortlisted for the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize.

She paints figures to express perception of the self; exploring reality through sensual and bodily experience. Human figures meet the world and each other, exploring physical and emotional connections through dynamic and contorted positions, evoking the figure’s struggle for meaning and virtue. Space around figures becomes distorted or fragmented, reflecting their instability and the anxiety felt for the world around them.   

Rachel Mercer