This artwork is a diptych, each canvas' dimensions are 152,4 x 152,4 cm/60 x 60 inches.
Paul Behnke is an American abstract painter whose work prioritizes form.
His images flow from a mixture of intuition, pop cultural influences, mystic thought, and what he describes as “a formal romantic modernism.” He lives and works in New York City.
While making these paintings, Behnke was mainly concerned with formal qualities.
Unique forms, color interaction and the application of paint are the content of these works and along with those come the dualities of thick/thin, fast, slow, hard /soft, etc. that are ever present in the making of an interesting object.
Although, the images and paint application are at first chaotic; the final compositions tend to abut hard edge, pared down forms against large expanses of contrasting and flat, high key color.
The artist’s hand and the medium’s materiality are evident in the bumps, ridges, and bubbles in the paintings’ surface and the off kilter, slapdash character of the supports. All of this calls attention to the gritty, handmade attributes of the work as well as demonstrating the object-ness of his paintings. These characteristics are shared with the New Casualist movement in Brooklyn and the Supports/ Surfaces group in Paris.