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Tim Bengel – The Sand Artist

Tim Bengel – The Sand Artist

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Who is Tim Bengel?
Tim Bengel was born on December 31st 1991 in Ostfildern, near Stuttgart, Germany. His curiosity for art first presented itself when he, still in his infancy, tried to imitate the abstract works he had seen at his first visit to the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, an art museum in Stuttgart. Having remained true to his passion in art, he won his first art competition at the school he went to, at the age of 18.


Tim Bengel makes intricate details with sand
via Tim Bengel Facebook

His work:
Tim Bengel takes an unconventional approach to art. His work doesn’t involve sketching and stretching canvases. Instead, it requires using sand to draw complex designs on a canvas with a sticky surface. A very slow drying adhesive gets the sand to stick. Some drawings take Bengel weeks to design as he meticulously places grains of black and gold sand onto the sticky canvas while filling the blank spaces with white sand.

The whole piece looks like an indistinct mess until he lifts it up. In an instant, all the excess sand cascades off of the canvas, leaving behind an immaculate, detailed and impressive work of art.


Tim Bengel’s sand portrait of The Rock
via Tim Bengel Facebook

Merging art with philosophy:
Today, Tim Bengel engages himself with art and philosophy, at the elite university of Tübingen. He managed to make himself known with his unique art pieces made from sand and gold.


Versailles by Tim Bengel
via timbengel.com

Merging art with philosophy:

For Tim Bengel, art means asking questions. What is art? What does make art successful? And who decides what art is?

On his journey on finding the answers to his questions, he is always driven to explore new works and projects. Currently, apart from his sand and gold pieces, he is occupied with the issues of concept art, serenity, double moral standards, money, decadence and everything else that comes to his mind.

We can’t decipher what’s more amazing: the artwork, or the fact that he looks like Jon Snow.

Check out more of Tim Bengel’s art pieces here.

Hui Xin Huixin is a true ENFJ. Her passions include fashion, dancing and everything design. Her latest obsession? Acai!

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