Petra W. Barathowa

Photo by Petra W. Barathowa

Artist Statement

Anne began working in London’s colorful and extravagant fetish club scene in her late teens. Fetish club etiquette formed her ethos emphasizing the importance of consent and respect. This is the basis on which her work is formed.

Specialising in contemporary figurative realism and portraiture, she aims to challenge social norms, stereotypes, and explores intimacy, connection and fetishisation whilst understanding the term 'fetish' in the context of behaviour, devotion, obsession and consumption.

Her visual language seeks to create balance in polarities and a sense of harmonious coexistence; moments which exude both strength and fragility, finding an equilibrium in the beautiful and grotesque, gentleness and brutality etc.

In recent years she has been best known for her large scale watercolour works using a saturated pastel colour palette inspired by 90s anime and manga such as Sailor Moon which have influenced her since childhood.

Since 2017 her focus has shifted to improving her skills creating large scale murals with paint and spray cans and painting with oils to further push her technical artistic abilities.
Since 2020 she has also begun exploring painting in virtual reality using programs such as Gravity Sketch and Tilt Brush to explore yet another realm of painting practice.



Anne was born in Leipzig, Germany and lived in Berlin until she moved to a small coastal town in the south west of England at the age of 9, resulting in a dual upbringing between England and Germany.
In 2007 she moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and graduated in 2010 with a BA (hons) Performance Design and Practice.
Since then she has also worked in the fields of set, prop and venue styling and design and production for corporate events, night clubs, festivals and fashion shoots.
In 2013 she decided to leave London and train as a free diver in Thailand before relocating to Berlin in 2014 to work full time as an artist.

She also thinks that writing in the third person is really amusing...