Beate Sonnenberg was born 1966 and raised in Cologne, Germany. She moved in 1992 to study photography at the Bournemouth College of Art & Design in the UK. After graduating she went traveling and settled for six years in Mexico City where she honed her artist skills and met her future husband. They moved back to London in 2002 where she set up her current studio and is still based.
Her abstract art practice started with her fascination of empty photo-sets after commercial products are removed, observing the pure and dramatic interplay of light and shadow. Soon this was followed by creating her own sets and spaces, occupying these with shapes and material that create a tension between the geometric and the organic, the sleek and the hand-made, and looking at how we see and perceive space through abstraction and materiality. Sonnenberg has a deep understanding and passion observing light, how it interacts with materials and relates to space.
‘For me abstraction is the instant where the beginning and the ending of the story is collapsed into one moment. There is no past nor future, just an impression, emotion or a glimpse of deep understanding. The suspension of time I think gives access to a deeper inner and other worldly inside of how to experience ourselves and the world.
I am very much influenced by the abstract art movement from the early part of the 20th century and have a fascination for the concept to develop a form of expression that moves from the world of natural forms (objectivity) and subject matter in order to access ‘the supremacy of pure feeling’ and spirituality. By investigating materiality and space through recording my installations with photography and video I am looking to access this. Abstraction becomes the guide of understanding.'
article in Aesthetica Magazine.
article in the Glass Magazine.
selected group exhibitions:
Unanimous, London, Group Exhibition
Photo London 2018, Group Exhibition ‘Photography on a postcard’, Somerset House
PhotoSaintGermain Group Exhibition Marque-Page ‘ Ikea/LA vie mode d’emploi’ Havas Gallery, Paris Nov 2017
Les Rencontres d’Arles, July 2016, Group Exhibition Marque-Page, ‘Ikea/LA vie mode d’emploi’, Babyliss/‘Autant en emporte le vent I’, Disney/‘Bret Easton Ellis Les lois de…’
International Color Awards, “City Scape”. Winner in Abstract, 2018
IPA, “ Memories of the green valley”. Honourable Mentioning, 2017
AOP awards, “Somewhere in between", “Sweetest thing”. Finalist, London Oct. 2017
International Color Awards, “Dancing Colours”. 1st Place in Abstract, 2017
Clio Print Gold & Silver, 2008.
Cannes Lions, Press Bronce, 2007.
In addition she has worked in collaboration with brands such as:
ARMANI | AVEDA | AVEENO | BOOTLES | CADBURY | CASA DE HABITATRE | CHARLOTTE TILBURY | CLINIQUE | CREED | CROWN PAINT | DE BEERS | DIOR | ELIZABETH ARDEN | ESQUIRE | ESTE LAUDER | FINANCIAL TIMES | GHOST | GQ | GUARDIAN | HABITAT | HARRODS | HARVEY NICHOLS | HOTEL CHOCOLAT | HUGO BOSS | JOHN LEWIS | LIBERTYS | MATCHES | MONOCLE | SAMSUNG | SUNDAY TIMES | SWAROVSKI | TAG HEUER | TELEGRAPH | VASHI | VOGUE | VOLA | VW | WALLPAPER | WIRED