'Untitled', Henny Acloque

Painting showing a large bird on the branch of a tree against a dark brown background

Mixed Media, 60 x 50cm, 2005

Artist's statement

In my recent work I have reduced the aspect of chance. I now control the paint more. I have a pre-conceived idea of how I might apply the paint to the surface. Choices are made consciously, but accidents and chance also determine the outcome. I am keen for the viewer to maintain a sense of mystery, but improvisation and invention are key to the viewing process.

This painting is part of an ongoing series inspired by a variety of landscapes and figures encountered in other places, such as magazines, walks and paintings. Here, the bird is larger than the man. The unrealistic nature of this relationship creates an enticing predicament, leaving the viewer to question the situation. I always embellish my paintings in some way; the red bumps are in keeping with this ideal.


Henny Acloque was born in 1979. She studied at Leith School of Fine Art Edinburgh 1998-99 and the University of the West of England Bristol 1999-2002. Her exhibitions include Foot ‘n’ Mouth Spike Island Bristol 2002, Degree Show University of the West of England Bristol 2002, Open Studios Vyner Street Studios London 2003 & 2004, Soup of the Day Brixton Village Market London 2004. Her work has also been included in Hayvend Laboratories’ artwork vending machines project during 2006.