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Howard Behrens Art
"I feel a tremendous amount of excitement facing a new canvas.
This energy comes from the thrill of transforming it into a recollection
of my travels to the world’s most beautiful and romantic places. As an
Expressionist, I paint fast while the passion for the painting is very
strong. For me, the paint is the subject matter just as much as the image.
I love the juicy chunks of color that I can translate to canvas with my palette
"For the past 25 years, Howard Behrens, the world’s most renowned palette knife artist,
has had a romance with the sun. From the idyllic lakes of Italy to the intimate
gardens of New England, the artist has danced with her, chased her, seen her in
her many different moods. Behrens’ motivation comes from his strong passion to
capture the "essence" of the places he visits around the world. The artist has been
influenced by Monet, Van Gogh and Nicola Simbari, the Italian palette knife artist.
Behrens attempts to express his love for the radiance of the sun’s gifts shadow,
light, color, and the subtle nuances of these elements. Behrens is also a classicist
in his approach to composition so that there is plenty of room for the eye to rest
and the imagination to wander, touring distant horizons around the world taking in
crystal coves, wispy palms, pink villas, and stunning overlooks in the artist’s
paintings of these exotic places.
Many years ago, Behrens learned that the only way he can really achieve what
he feels in his paintings is to create them using a palette knife for its
boldness and control of color instead of a brush. Using the knife, the artist
captures not only the softness of clouds, but also the boldness of mountains,
the vibrancy of flowers, and the strength of water. Behrens moves the palette
knife furiously as he applies deep, rich color in many layers to achieve
dimension and mood. Behrens' skill with this instrument has earned him recognition
as America’s leading palette knife artist.
Traveling is like an aphrodisiac in Behrens’ romance with the sun. During his
travels, he has seen the way the ever-changing kaleidoscope of light and shadow
changes how a place looks and feels from hour to hour. Often, the artist sits
and waits for these moods to present themselves to him. Behrens says the sun has
taught him to be patient, to observe, and to play. The artist says his excitement
continues to peak as he plans each new trip whether it’s a return to a place
he has painted over and over or whether it’s a new adventure in a land unknown.
Behrens has had over 150 one-man shows from coast-to-coast since becoming a
professional artist in 1980. His works have been on the covers of many art
publications and he has been the featured subject of numerous magazines and
newspapers. After visiting Giverny, France, last year, the artist created
a "Tribute to Monet" series that was exhibited at the Embassy of France in
Washington, D. C. As an official artist for the 2002 Winter Olympics, Behrens’
painting, "In Motion," was featured at the games. The artist’s works are
owned by numerous, well-known collectors and are in the permanent collections
of many museums.
Behrens and his wife, Judi, travel the world Italy, Bermuda, Mexico,
across America to many of their favorite places filled with gardens,
inns, vistas, and villas. Celebrate romance with Behrens, a poet sculpting
paint on canvases that are alive with color, and join him on a romance
with the sun that will never end.
Howard Behrens was born in Chicago, but is a long-time resident of the,
D. C. area. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the
University of Maryland. The artist’s works are published and distributed
as limited editions by Somerset House Publishing, Houston, Texas.
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