Anna Bjerger, born 1973 in Skallsjö, SE, lives and works in Älmhult, SE.
The point of departure in Bjerger’s paintings is found, anonymous photographs. The people who populate her images share something indefinable. Perhaps the fact that they were once depicted by a camera, that their sole purpose is to fill up a pictorial space, to match a surrounding. In the paintings there is an intimate relationship between content and surface. Between heavily painted eyelashes and raven-black oil paint, between trickles of turpentine and tears of despair. Someone has chosen an unexpected, photogenic shade of lipstick. And an ostentatious colour of dress becomes a revelation of something. Sunshine as white gold in the air in a room. A natural scenery in the manner of an early tourist leaflet. Moonlight in greenery which, as a result of its intense greenness, becomes the highlight of the evening and the party. Movement. Love.
– Excerpted from Non-people at a party, Karin Faxén
Bjerger’s graceful paintings—which hide aluminium panels beneath their easy fluency—get down a type of 21st century photo-based impressionism that pushes far beyond the usual postmodern art. Like 19th century pleinairism— which sought to record the effects of light and other natural phenomena on the eye—Bjerger charts the personal echoes cast about by realistic images. Her art burrows into the tricky psychological loam that accumulates beneath photographs. The memories of perfect strangers take root there with implications that resemble kudzu. Such is the vicarious reach of her handpicked Vogue glamour shots and found family snaps. Photographs, after all, today constitute the very bedrock of our visual world. Few painters working today match Anna Bjerger’s evocative powers. It’s no wonder that she strives to imbue her gorgeous paintings with the qualities of photographs. She’s picked a look everyone is bound to remember. It is our mirror.
– Excerpted from Endless Summer, Christian Viveros Fauné.
Anna Bjerger received her BA in Fine Art from Central St. Martins School of Art and Design, London, UK in 1997 and her MA in painting from the Royal College of Art, London, UK in 2001.
Recent solo shows include shows at David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, DK (2016); Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stokholm, SE (2015); Galleria Monica Gardenas, Milan, Italy (2014); Fullrsta Gård, Stockholm, Sweden (2013) and Paradise Row, London, UK (2013)
Selected group exhibitions include shows at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, DK (2016); Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Hotel le Manoir, Banyuls sur Mer, FR (2015); Angell Gallery, Toronto, CA (2015); Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, (2012); Våxsjo Konsthall, Sweden, (2012); Dublin Contemporary, Dublin, Ireland (2011); Museo de la Ciudad de Querótaro, Mexico, (2011).
Her works are in the collections of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (DK), Moderna Museet (SE), Stedelijk Museum (NE), The AkzoNobel Art Foundation (NE), Collectie G+W Sittard (NE), Zabludowicz Collection (UK), Vinunic (SE), Sveriges Radio (SE), Gävle Kommun (SE), Växjo Kommun (SE)