Anne Wölk (1982, Jena/Germany) is a German visual artist best known for light-flooded romantic starscapes accompanied by birch trees. Her fantastic multilayered narrations are like cinematic sceneries and refer to Science Fiction movies and novels. The artist redefines the genre of landscape painting by innovative use of geometric pattern to disrupt the composition’s moments of depth-perception. Wölk´s subject matter speaks of the imagery of futuristic science and technology, which we have only become familiar with from the advances of satellites, cameras, and moreover in cinematography and computer-generated-images. The artist paints a fantastical interpretation of nature, in which Romanticism and Utopia are perceptible at the same time.
Especially noteworthy are her late small-scale paintings in which Wölk deals with the subject matter of light pollution. She contrasts natural light phenomena such as the glow of the Milky Way with the bizarre visual effect of colorful LED tubes. Artificial light, placed by the tourist industry, can be found, e.g., in the nocturnal landscape, to impress tourists in the ski resort of mountains.
Anne Wölk received an MFA from The School of Art and Design Berlin and was a BFA student at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Since 2009, the young artist became known for her colorful birch tree paintings and was selected and shortlisted for several international competitions and scholarships.Awards include the national Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes scholarship, the Alpine Fellowship grant at Aldourie Castle, Scotland, UK; a Grand Prize from Papirmasse Montréal, Canada; a residency at Bodensee Art Fund and an artist in residence grant in Goriska Brda, Slovenia awarded by the German Embassy, Ljubljana.
She has exhibited at international institutions, e.g., the Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul, Turkey; the CICA Art Museum South Korea; the Accra Goethe-Institut Ghana and the Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republik. Wölk has exhibited her work alongside artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Johannes Wohnseifer, Azade Köker, and Stephan Balkenhol. In 2011 she was selected for the Edition S 36 of DSV Kunst Kontor, Stuttgart. The Edition S 36 was a compilation of Contemporary artworks, including paintings of Jonathan Meese and Tim Eitel. She has exhibited and sold on the international art market like Swab Art Fair Barcelona in Spain, Viennafair in Vienna Austria, KIAF Seoul in South Korea and Contemporary Istanbul in Turkey. Wölk has since shown her work in private gallery shows including Galería Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain; Arebyte Gallery, London, UK; Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg, Denmark; Pantocrator Gallery, Shanghai, China, and The Residence Gallery, London, UK.
In October 2013 she won the Category Award for ‘Art Takes Paris’, judged by directors from The Andy Warhol Museum in New York, Lisson Gallery and the Marianne Boesky Gallery. 2014 and 2019 the painter was selected to participate in the Finalists exhibition of the art competition Art Revolution Taipei Taiwan.