drawing on paper

Anna M. Kempe

b. 1988, Crivitz, Germany
Lives and works in Leipzig, Germany
@anna_m_epmek

About the artist
Anna M. Kempe

The figurative watercolor paintings of Leipzig – based artist Anna Kempe appear as visual translations of the common urbanites. Anna paints disconcerting, dark scenes of complex figure constellations. Lovers, mourners and children, intensify their relationships by stage – like compositions and dramatic-lighting situations. Despite being figurative, Kempe’s watercolor paintings are not portraits. Rather, she draws “types” of people. Her figures are pinched and elongated, and move “ in between”: between joy and sadness, inside and outside, male and female, contact and distance; their intention is not clearly visible.

Ultimately, Anna Kempe is invested in the continuity within the dialogue of proximity and distance to one another.
Finding the inherent truth in lived experience — cruelty and love, violence and beauty – is what moves the artist.

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Selected works
Anna M. Kempe

Schatten, 2020

watercolor on paper
57 9/10 x 44 1/2 inches
147 x 113 cm

Freunde, 2016

watercolor on paper
58.4 x 46 inches
148,3 x 117 cm

My Heart, My Soul, 2021

watercolor on paper
39.4 x 27.6 inches
100 x 70 cm

At the Lake, 2021

watercolor on paper
20 x 14.6 inches
51 x 37 cm

I Miss You, 2021

watercolor on paper
8.9 x 12.3 inches
22,6 x 31,2 cm

Ihr Vertrauen / Wand, 2018

watercolor on paper
57.7 x 41.1 inches
146,5 x 104,5 cm

Großer Streit / Versteck, 2019

watercolor on paper
57.7 x 41.1 inches
146,5 x 104,5 cm

Ihr Vertrauen / Tuch, 2018

watercolor on paper
57.7 x 41.1 inches
146,5 x 104,5 cm

112, 2019

watercolor on paper
57.7 x 41.1 inches
146,5 x 104,5 cm

zu spät, zu früh, 2021

watercolor on paper
13. 9 x 10.7 inches
35.3 x 27.2 cm

Der Himmel über L., 2021

watercolor on paper
14.6 x 10.2 inches
37.2 x 25.9 cm

Two Woman, 2021

watercolor on paper
39.4 x 27.6 inches
100 x 70 x 0,1 cm

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education, honors, awards and exhibitions
Anna M. Kempe

 

Education

2008-2015
Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig – DE

2015
Diploma of Fine Arts in the Class of Professor Annette Schröter

Solo Exhibitions

2020
Warten, gehen, bleiben, Galerie b2_, Leipzig

2018
COME CLOSER, Galerie b2_, Leipzig – DE

2016
Im Augenblick, Die Box, Leipzig – DE

Group Exhibitions

2021
Chow Chow, Werkschauhalle Leipzig – DE

Liebe in den Zeiten von Corona, Kunstverein Gegenwart, Leipzig – DE

2020
Close Friends, Galerie b2_, Leipzig – DE

See you there, Galerie Eigenheim, Berlin – DE

Open, www.galerie-b2.de, Onlineausstellung

2019
Transit Berlin, Roskilde Kunstforening – DK

Finster, Galerie b2_, Leipzig 2018 be 2, Galerie b2_, Leipzig – DE

Graffitimuseum – Inventarium, whitebox, Munich – DE

2017
Discoveries, Galerie Heike Arndt, Kettinge, Denmark – DK

Fresh legs, Galerie Heike Arndt, Berlin – DE

Zickzack und Herzschmerz, Intershop interdisciplinaire, Leipzig – DE

2016
Screen – 20 Grafiken, THALER Originalgrafik, Leipzig – DE

Ich dachte, Sie waren nur ein armer Schlucker!, Kommunalka, Leipzig – DE

2015
Screen, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg – DE

Pr!nt, La Cambre Gallery 425, Brüssel, Belgien – BEL

The Gardens, Landesvertretung des Freistaats Sachsen beim Bund, Berlin – DE

Pr!nt, La Cambre Gallery 425, Brüssel, Belgien – BEL

2014
Frisch gepresst!, Delikatessenhaus, Leipzig – DE

2013
Prints/Made in Leipzig, Ungarische Akademie der bildenden Künste, Budapest, Ungarn – HUN

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