Berlin based artist Anne Bengard explores the relationship between people, expression, objects and imagination within her work. With an open minded and free approach, she explores and questions social norms and prejudices, encouraging the viewer to adopt an unrestricted attitude and question their preconceptions.
Her works are imbued with a knowing irony and playful sense of humour that utilise juxtapositions and elements of eroticism and the grotesque to create provocative yet sensuous images.
Characterised by a distinctive soft-yet-intense pastel colour palette her work draws inspiration from Japanese manga and pop culture, particularly from the female empowering 'magical girl' genre. Further sources of inspiration include her colourful friendship circle, contemporary pop culture, classic and contemporary portraiture, pop surrealism, super realism and a desire to push the boundaries of watercolour.
Anne was born in Leipzig, Germany and moved to England at the age of 9 resulting in a dual upbringing between England and Germany.
Since graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London in 2010 with a BA (hons) Performance Design and Practice, she has also worked in the fields of set, prop and venue styling and design for corporate events, night clubs and fashion shoots. These multidisciplinary collaborations with other creative practitioners further develop her personal work and ideas. She now divides her time between Berlin and London, frequently travels to Asia, particularly Japan and Thailand and enjoys dying her hair many shades of blue.