The universe of Bente Christensen-Ernst is categorically one of realism. But categorization fails to capture the essence of her Stylized Realism, in which glowing colors give way to a playful ambiguity and a metaphoric quality that is absent in Western realism. Bente likens her creative process to a love affair: “I fall in love with something, it could be the color, it could be the subject, or it could be the form”. To that effect, art critic Tom Jørgensen describes Bente as an “Easternized” Scavdinavian.
Although Born in Denmark, Bente works interchangeably in her studios in Antakya, Istanbul, and Copenhagen. She has held over 30 solo exhibitions across Europe, the U.S., and the Middle East.
Bente has earned several accolades over the years, including a place in The National Gallery in Frederiksborg, Denmark with a portrait of the Danish poet Henrik Nordbrandt. She is also a long-standing member of the prestigious Danish Society of Artists.