At first glance, the works of painter and illustrator Bettina Krieg resemble mechanically produced renderings, with their distinct precision and uniformity. Only upon closer inspection do the compositions unfold to reveal a multitude of lines, each with small irregularities and idiosyncrasies. Each line, though unique, embodies Krieg’s signature style. This approach grants the viewer a variety of perspectives; For example, when taking a step back, the work evolves to allow new interpretations.
Bettina Krieg’s artistic approach resembles a form of meditation. At her studio, she prefers an early start to the day – gladly opening windows to draw inspiration from the outdoors. Little by little, she delves deeper into her work, drawing line after line in colored ink. Her usual color of choice is blue, but she also experiments with green, gold, silver, black, and red. Against a white backdrop, a dramatic landscape begins to emerge. The large-format works are created over a long period of time – days, sometimes weeks. As a result, various states of emotion can be detected. Lines from one day can resist, compete with, or rival the previous day’s lines; They can likewise complement each other to establish a lighthearted interplay.
For many years, Krieg has devoted herself to drawing – continuously changing and developing her approach in the process. While intuition has always been an essential part of her work process, her earlier pieces had a larger focus on understanding and reconstructing complex structures. Nowadays, she is driven by emotional appeal. She prefers drawing in the morning when the events of the have not yet affected her. The artist is often alone during these hours, allowing her the ability to trace internal emotional vibrations. Her works are exhibited and auctioned worldwide, with a large presence in Europe and North America.