Paul Behnke

Premiere DateMar 13, 2018
00:00 Introduction
00:35 Paul Behnke
01:39 Mr. Major Acid Dad
05:50 Trajectory of abstraction
11:53 Art as Therapy, or Not
18:53 Artistic Inspirations
23:43 Advice to Young Artists
26:43 Outro
27:03 How to Socialise & Make Friends Camp Cope
30:17 Finish

Paul Behnke is a New York-based artist whose abstracted paintings include figurative elements that relate to the intersection of pop culture and spirituality with a special emphasis on the Mystic and how those representations are co-opted by comics, movies and novels.

Paul was born in Memphis, TN and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Memphis College of Art.

His work has been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally. He has had solo exhibitions in New York, Heidelberg, Philadelphia, Saint Augustine, and Memphis, as well as group shows in San Francicso, Honolulu, London, Dublin, Paphos, Glasgow and The Netherlands.

Paul work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, The New Criterion and The New Republic.

All images courtesy of the artist


Paul Behnke, My Nightmare of Irma Vep, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 64 x 60 inches


Paul Behnke, Rouault, The Crow’s Ka, Keeping Watch, 2017, acrylic and spraypaint on canvas, 60 x 60 inches


Paul Behnke, Angry Bat-God Yelling, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 58 inches


Paul Behnke, Kathy As She is Now, Under the Watchful Eyes and Protective Wings of God, 2017, acrylic and spraypaint on canvas, 62 x 60 inches


Paul Behnke, Dark Deity, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 62 inches


Paul Behnke, Underworld Escort, 2017, acrylic and spraypaint on canvas, 62 x 60 inches

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