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, trends and prejudices, encouraging the viewer to adopt an unrestricted, thoughtful attitude and question their preconceptions.
Her works are imbued with a knowing irony and playful sense of humour that utilise juxtapositions and notions of fear, eroticism and the grotesque to create provocative yet sensuous images designed to evoke an instant reaction or perception in the viewer.
Characterised by a distinctive soft-yet-intense pastel color 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.