Art is always changing, designs are becoming more elaborate, and in turn, artists are pressured to be unique with their craft. 26 year old Tim Bengel recognizes his need to create something never before seen. Channeling the mind of Austrian master Gustav Klimt, Bengel uses sand and gold to create incredibly detailed designs on a adhesive canvas. A quick scroll through his gallery will leaves any audience in awe. Some pieces take Bengel weeks, but you’d think they’d take years due their complexity. One of the factors that makes Bengel’s unique trade so fascinating is that he cannot see his creations until the end of the process, when he shakes the excess materials off the canvas. Each piece’s creation is incredibly messy and difficult to visualize, but the process always yields stunning final products.
Bengel was born in Germany where he developed an interest for art as a young child. At age 9, Bengel was imitating artists like Cy Twombly and Kandisky, by 18, he won his first award. Bengel had always wanted to create something with “great recognition value”, so he began developing his style in 2014, using sand and gold to create these unique ornate designs. Bengel wants each piece to be a challenge, making each more complex and more detailed than the last. In the last year, Bengel started publishing videos and pictures of his work on social media, and quickly attracted following from around the world. With 265,000 Instagram followers, 425,000 Facebook likes, and YouTube videos with over 80,000,000 views, Tim Bengel has become one of his generation’s greatest name in German art.