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“Art is like masturbation. It is selfish and introverted and done for you and you alone...”
Anne Bengard was born in Leipzig, Germany and lived in Berlin until, aged 9, she moved to a small coastal town in the south west of England. This led to an upbringing split between England and Germany. In 2007 she moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and graduated in 2010 with a BA (hons) in Performance Design and Practice.
During this time she worked in London’s colorful and extravagant fetish club scene. Fetish club etiquette - emphasizing the importance of consent and respect - formed her artistic ethos. Consequently she shows the utmost care for the individuals she portrays and the ideas they inspire. Her works explore fetish, fetishisation, intimacy, connection and challenge common stereotypes and clichés. By using a visual language which aims to find balance in polarities she seeks strength in vulnerability, beauty in the grotesque, and comfort in the uncomfortable. After working in the UK events industry she decided to leave London in 2013 and train as a freediver in Thailand before relocating to Berlin in 2014 to focus on her painting practice. Previously known for her large scale watercolor works, Anne Bengard's focus has recently shifted to oil painting and murals.
Bengard describes her ‘Schnoz’ mural as “a selfie from my best side”, revealing at once the sense of humour in her work. Her signature figurative style breathes with a lucid, liquid colour within imagined, sensual settings. Viscerally in the moment, the work offers us a glimpse of the artist up close and personal, as can often be sensed with her figuratively imaginative output. The mural was originally painted at Hall of Fame Rummelsburg, a 30m+ legal graffiti wall that sits between a local football field, and passing train tracks.