The Swedish artist Anna Bjerger (b.1973) 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. She lives and works in Småland, Sweden.
Anna Bjerger is one of the most prominent contemporary Scandinavian painters. The subject matter of her paintings seem to vary, the shadow of a tree on the ground, a skier careering down a mountain, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, an eye. In truth it is unwavering, as she says, the subject matter of her work is painting. Her imagery comes from old photographs, found in the books, outdated hobbyist magazines and travel brochures which cover her studio floor. She talks of rescuing images from history. These images were intended to be useful, to inform someone or to sell something. They had a useful shelf life, then quickly became redundant. Anna Bjerger keeps these images around her, sometimes for years, until they haunt her and need to be painted.
The act of painting transmogrifies the image. Set loose from their moorings the images are free to take on new meanings, to open up, to allude rather than state.
Bjerger works in oil paint on aluminium panel, painting quickly, wet into wet. Most of the work is made in one sitting, the paintings retain an immediacy. She is a master of her craft.
She has works 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)