Remembering Night Painting & A Thanks to All.

Remembering the magical window of lifted lockdown evenings at Snape Maltings in December 2020.
Harry Young (MD Snape Maltings) took a courageous leap in the dark to host my projection and sound installation. ESP studio, Stuart Harris, Dave Keech, and Simon Reed were co-conspirators with excellent projection know-how.
Thanks again to the brilliant Britten Pears team – Tom Taylor, Geoff, and all the riggers who created the nighttime event ‘Night Paintings’ that brought people outdoors for the first time in months.
Thanks too to Nitin Sawhney, James Ribbans, Gavin Bush, and Harry Timson for collaborating on the music & soundscape.
Mostly I have my wonderful Renata Danobeitia to thank for all the love and support.

Britten Pears #espstudio photos and video of the event: Ian Wallman


2020 : Upcoming Exhibitions

Paul Benney is happy to announce his participation in the following exhibitions over the coming months.

Currently open at the Finland National Museum, Helsinki ‘INSPIRATION – ICONIC WORKS is a major traveling exhibition that contains work by Marina Abramović, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Nancy Fouts, Mark Karasick, Ola Kolehmainen, and Jeff Koons, Joseph Kosuth, Sara Masüger and Yinka Shonibare CBE among others.

Paul will also be involved in two other group exhibitions. The first at  Messum, London, and then with the Anima Mundi Gallery for the exhibition  ‘Cogito Ergo Sum’ in late August 2020.

The exhibition WINTER PROJECTIONS at Snape Maltings will be a compilation of Benney’s recent digital/painting hybrid video projections on the exterior walls of the Snape buildings. October 2020.

Lastly, Paul will also be having a solo exhibition of small works at The Museum of Curiosities in London. October 2020.

In Conversation with Paul Benney:

Dr. Nicola Jennings, director of the Colnaghi Foundation, talks to Paul Benney about his work and influences.

Paul Benney on BBC Newsnight discussing BP’s sponsorship of the National Portrait Gallery

Paul Benney on BBC Newsnight

Stations of The Cross : 13th Station

Paul Benney will be exhibiting the work ‘Dying Slave : 13th Station’ in London from March 16th – March 24th, 2018 at the Church of St. Stephen Walbrook. The work is on show as part of the ‘Stations of the Cross’ exhibition curated by Ben Moore of Art Below.  Please RSVP to the studio or to attend the private view on March 15th.

OPEN STUDIO : Sat Dec 16th 11- 4:30 PM

STUDIO OPEN DAY this Sat 16th Dec. 11.00am-4.30pm Come over for a drink and see some work in progress and things I’ve been working on this year. Please DM me for studio address in Hackney.#

Paul Benney Studios invites you to a holiday open studio event this coming Saturday, Dec 16th between 11 am – 4:30 pm.

Please come see works in progress, recently completed works and parts of Paul Benney’s private collection.

Light Seasonal Refreshments will be served.
If you can’t make it, all of us at Benney Studios wish you a very happy Holiday Season.

Paul Benney Studios
Hackney Downs Studios
3-17 Amhurst Terrace
London E8 2BT

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Anima Mundi : Mixed Winter


Paul Benney will be contributing new work to the upcoming winter exhibition at Anima-Mundi. Please contact the studio for more information or if you would like to attend the private view.

VERNISSAGE : Friday, 15th December 2017, 6.30 – 8.30 pm

AT : AnimaMundi, Street an Pol, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2DS, UK

The Stash Gallery – Winter Exhibition

Reliquary [Miniature] , 2017. 9 x 9 cm.  Oil and resin on Wood. [ 22 x 22 cm Framed ]

Paul Benney’s work ‘Reliquary Reliquary [Miniature], 2017. 9 x 9 cm.’ will be on exhibition at the Stash Gallery for their show ‘Show Us Yer Smalls!’.  Curated by Sophie Parkin, This Exhibition showcases artworks of miniature size runs till 19th January 2018. Please see below for more details.

The Crypt,
30 Prescot Street
London E1 8BB
Smalls - Stash

‘Speaking in Tongues’ : Venice Closing

Closing SIT

THANK YOU to everyone who came to see Paul Benney’s exhibition of ‘Speaking in Tongues‘ and ‘Reliquary Series‘ during this year’s 57th Venice Biennale. We have had thousands of visitors over the last 6 months and appreciate the wonderful feedback and engagement with the exhibition.

A very special thanks to all those who helped turn this exhibition into a reality including:
Our WONDERFUL Patrons,
Francesca Giubilei and Luca Berta of ‘The Venice Art Factory’,
The WeExhibit team,
Jayhawk Fine Art Ltd.
The Diocesi Patriarcato di Venezia
Curators Flora Fairbairn and James Putnam
The University of the Arts London
The Anima-Mundi Gallery

 Take Down - Venice Closing

‘The Queen and Her Animals’ on Channel 4

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Thank you to Renegade Productions for the interview with Paul Benney that appeared on Channel 4 Documentary “The Queen and Her Animals’.  Paul Benney was happy to discuss the process of painting the work ‘Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with Gold Cup winner, Estimate’ in 2015. The Full documentary can be found on Channel 4 OnDemand.

Paul Benney Paintings Featured in The Film WINTER

The film, WINTER, directed by Heidi Greensmith, starting Tommy Flannagan, and featuring works by Paul Benney, is now available to stream in the United States on Flix Premiere.


A courageous debut feature film, WINTER tells the story of a father’s emotional breakdown and explores the arbitrary nature of violence and the aftermath of loss.

Speaking in Tongues in Venice : 11 May – 26 November, 2017

Paul Benney’s ‘Speaking in Tongues’ and ‘Reliquary’ series will be on exhibition in Venice from

 11 May – 26 Nov 2017 at the Chiesa di San Gallo in Venice, Italy.

More information about the exhibition can be found on 

Map to S. Gallo from St Marks Square

Map to S. Gallo from St Marks Square

Paul Benney on ARTSY


A collection Of Paul Benney’s work is now available on ARTSY. Among the works listed are the breathtaking original works in Benney’s ‘Scrying Mirror’ series, a variety of his Limited Edition Silver Giclee Prints, as well as an array of works.

For more information, please visit the ARTSY Website.

The Crypt,
30 Prescot St,
E1 8BB

Vout-O-Reenes is holding a charitable auction on 30th of June, 2017 to raise money to help the survivors of the Grenfell tower tragedy. Organised by Sophie Parkin, Vout-O-Reenes has secured a wide selection of artworks by over 20 different artists. Paul Benney is honoured to donate a Limited Edition Silver Giclee print of his work ‘Host’ to this worth cause. All proceeds from the auction will go to the survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.


Paul Benney Exhibition at Anima-Mundi

Open From 30/6/2017 – 29/7/2017

After the categorical success of Paul Benney’s ‘Speaking in Tongues’ in this year’s 57th Venice Biennale, The Anima – Mundi gallery in St Ives is now exhibiting a large scale Silver Leaf Giclee Print of ‘Speaking in Tongues’. Like the exhibition in Venice, the work is accompanied by smaller Silver Giclee Prints of Benney’s ‘Reliquary’ series.

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St Ives Cornwall
TR26 2DS

‘Speaking in Tongues’ in the Church of S. Gallo, Venice.

Marialaura Bidorini interviews Paul Benney about ‘Speaking in Tongues’

Paul Benney’s interview with Marialaura Bidorini at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017, in front of San Gallo Church.

Paul Benney 2017 Venice Biennale.

Benney Studios is proud to announce from May to November 2017, Paul Benney’s monumental painting ‘Speaking in Tongues’ will be exhibited alongside a holophonic sound installation and his ‘Reliquary’ paintings at the Venice Biennale.

Paul Benney at The London Art Fair with Anima-Mundi

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Benney Studios is delighted to announce that Paul will be exhibiting with Anima-Mundi at the 2017 London Art Fair. 

Stand 50.
The Business Design Centre,
52 Upper Street, Islington.

Wednesday 18th: 11am-9pm
Thursday 19th: 11am-9pm
Friday 20th: 11am-7pm
Saturday 21st: 11am-7.30pm
Sunday 22nd: 11am-5pm
For further information please visit –,, and 

‘Scrying Mirror’ at the Anima Mundi Gallery

A video tour of Paul Benney’s Solo Show ‘Scrying Mirror’ at the Anima Mundi Gallery:

An Interview with Paul Benney about his show ‘Scrying Mirror’ at the Anima Mundi Gallery:

Save The Date : Scrying Mirror @ Anima Mundi : 12 November 2016

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Please save the date for the preview evening of Paul Benney’s solo exhibition ‘Scrying Mirror’ at the Anima Mundi Gallery in St. Ives, Cornwall.

‘Scrying Mirror’
Anima Mundi 
Street-An-Pol, St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DS
The Preview Evening will be:
Saturday 12th November, from 7 – 9 pm

Anima Mundi:
Street-An-Pol, St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DS

The exhibition will continue until 10th January 2017



“Listen closely… the eternal hush of silence goes on and on throughout all this, and has been going on, and will go on and on. This is because the world is nothing but a dream and is just thought of and the everlasting eternity pays no attention to it.”
-Jack Kerouac


Show Dates: 17th October – 5th November, 2016
Address: Herrick Gallery, 93 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London, W1J 7NQ (Nearest underground is Green Park)
Private View : Monday, October 17th. 6:00-8:00 PM.
Please contact the studio to request an invitation to the Private View

The exhibition contains works by (in alphabetical order) : Laura J Adams, Simon Allen, Simon Averill, Sarah Ball, Samuel Bassett, Trevor Bell, Paul Benney, Beatrice Brown, Mat Chivers, Steve Goddard, Andrew Hardwick, Youki Hirakawa, Sax Impey RWA, Arthur Lanyon, Richard Nott, Peter Randall-Page RA, Tim Shaw RA, Jarno Vesala, Joy Wolfenden Brown, Carlos Zapata

More information on the ‘Behind Silence’ show can be found HERE

Art For Youth Auction at The Mall Galleries :

Fundraising Preview Night: 12 September 2016
Art For Youth 2016 Show: 13 September – 15 September 2016

Charon's Landing, 2016. 22 x 23.5 in. [60 x 56 cm.]. Oil on board. Paul Benney


Paul Benney has submitted the work ‘Charon’s Landing’ to be used in the ‘Art for Youth 2016’ charitable auction at the Mall Galleries this September. The live auction will take place on September 12th with partial proceeds going to the charity ‘Art for Youth’. The auction will feature exciting works of art from established and up-and-coming artists will be conducted by the master auctioneer, Nicholas Bonham.  


Fundraising Preview Night:
September 12th, 2016.
Tickets available HERE

Art for Youth 2016 Show
Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
13 September 2016 to15 September, 2016
1pm to 4pm
Main Gallery, North Galleries, Threadneedle Space
Admission Free

Anima Mundi

Paul Benney will be having a solo show at Anima Munidi in Cornwall this coming October that will exhibit elements from his ‘Dark Mirror’ series as well as new works that will draw upon some the themes of a ‘Scrying Mirrors’ . More details on this show will be announced soon.

St. Ives, Cornwall, UK.
October 2016


A limited edition sliver giclee print of Paul Benney’s ‘Speaking in Tongues’ will take up the main wall in the downstairs bar of the House of St. Barnabas until the Summer of 2017. The work is a large scale ( 2m x 3m ) reproduction of the original and is also available for sale. The House of St, Barnabas is a not-for-profit members club that focuses on the arts.

The bar area was also curated Paul Benney and includes works by Tim Shaw, Bill Jackson and Susan Derges.

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The House of St Barnabas
1 Greek St
London W1D 4NQ
Summer 2016 – Summer 2017

Speaking In Tongues : Sound Installation

Paul Benney and Benney Studios are happy to announce the installation of a the new sound component that now accompanies ‘Speaking in Tongues’ in Chichester Cathedral.

A short clip of the ‘Sound Wash’ that accompanies the work can he heard below:


Dystopian Dream

Dystopian Dream

Paul Benney’s portrait of Nitin Sawhney is featured on the cover of his new album ‘Dystopian Dream’ as well as during his live performance.

More information about the new album and upcoming shows can be found by clicking on the links below:

Dystopian Dream

Nitin Sawhney’s Upcoming Performances 


Dystopian Dream Live

Face Value

Face Value


Paul Benney will be showing work at the Collyer Bristow Gallery this Summer in Face Value at the Collyer Bristow Gallery.

Face Value, is curated by Kathleen Soriano and sees her undertake a consideration of contemporary portraiture through the work of 27 emerging and established artists, covering a broad range of media from porcelain to thread, from oils to ink, from etching to photography.  Kathleen Soriano spent 18 years of her career as Director of Exhibitions & Collections at the National Portrait Gallery, running the BP Portrait Award for the majority of that time, and is now one of the judges on SkyArts’ successful SkyArts Portrait Artist of the Year series.

Over forty works of art will be presented in an exhibition that celebrates those artists who continue to make portraiture central to their work but who also continue to push the boundaries of the genre.  Artists include Royal Academicians Eileen Cooper, Stephen Chambers and Anthony Green, as well as BP Portrait Award finalists such as Tai Shan Schierenberg, Paul Benney, Ishbel Myerscough and Andrew Tift, plus celebrated contemporary artists like Chris Levine, Annie Kevans, Liz Rideal, Sam Faulkner, Mariele Neudecker, Bouke de Vries and a number of finalists from SkyArts Portrait Artist of the Year.  The exhibition opens on 16 June 2016 and will be on show until 4 October 2016.

In The End we are All Alone

Dying Slave, 2016.

Curated by Jason Colcin-Carter and Becca Pelly, ‘In The End We Are All Alone’ brings together a number of artists that will explore the nature of humanity and the eternal search of meaning in our daily lives.

The show is being held at the Griffin Galley  and runs from 17 March – 22 April 2016.


“Like musical prodigies, these artists have been chosen for their capacity to reinterpret traditional mediums and techniques in unexpected ways: Paul Benney, Bartholomew Beal, Jimin Chea, Guillemette Monchy, Dorte Kloppenborg Scrummager and Guy Hadden Grant. An international collective that screams zeitgeist, brought together by a visionary art agency with Colchin-Carter at the helm who, like Simco (Stefan Simchowitz) in the US, is changing the status quo and giving collectors access to some of the brightest rising stars of this generation.

“I see the resurgence of traditional skills like drawing, painting and sculpting as a reaction to the YBA’s turning 50. They are now BA’s and still very relevant, but artists like Beal or Jimin seem to really strike a chord with collectors looking for something new, where the hand of the artist is really palpable,” says Colchin-Carter.

It is a welcome tonic to the mechanical and deliberately impersonal Postmodernism that dominated the turn of the century in contemporary galleries and museums.”

Speaking In Tongues : Chichester Cathedral

‘SPEAKING IN TONGUES’ is currently on view in CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL’s North Transept until Wednesday May 18th, 2016. For information on attending a private reception onApril 1st 2016 please contact the studio directly. [ ].


PO19 1PX
MARCH 11- MAY 18, 2016.
Open Daily with Free Entry

Marylebone Parish Chruch : Crucifixion

2015. 167 x 180 cm. 66 x 71 in. Oil on Canvas.


PAUL BENNEY’s ‘Crucifixion’ work is now on view at Marylebone Parish Church and will be on view until May 12th, 2016.

17 Marylebone Rd,
London NW1 5LT
FEBRUARY 8 – MAY 16, 2016.
Open Daily with Free Entry

The Weakening

This Joint show will feature new silver giclee prints from Paul Benney.

All works are editions of 25.

You can place your order with the studio directly


The work of





will also be on view.

The Weakening PV Invite

Welcome Back

The Dorian Grey Gallery was happy to host tea for Patrick Macdonald

amidst the works for Paul Benney and Louis Renzoni.

Welcome Back

More coverage of the event can be found


Behind the Silence opening at the Serena Morton Gallery

Thank you to all who attended the opening of the ‘Behind the Silence’, a joint show with Simon Edmondson at the Serena Morton Gallery.

Please contact the gallery or the studio for a list of available works.

Behind the Silence opening at the Serena Morton Gallery

Ecliptic Opening at The Dorian Grey Gallery

Thank you to all who came to the opening of ‘Ecliptic’ at the Dorian Grey Gallery.

The AutoAsphyxiation and Dark Mirror series were are great success.

Both series are available through the Dorian Grey Gallery and the studio.

  Please contact

or for a list of available works.

Ecliptic Opening at The Dorian Grey Gallery

Save The Date : Behind The Silence : 4 November 2015

‘Behind the Silence’
London, UK.
Opening Wednesday, November 4, 2015. 6 – 8 PM.
Show Runs : November 4 – November 27
Serena Morton Gallery
343 Ladbroke Grove
London W10 6HA


Save the Date :  4 November

Save the Date : 4 November

INVITED : 22 July 2015 – 19 September 2015

Paul Benney joins, Fair & Co and Seth Stein Architects to merge art and architecture in a rotating art space curated by Philly Adams and Flora Fairbairn. Paul Benney’s ‘Crucifixion’ is one of the works to be featured in this exciting new exhibition.

The Show will be open  Wednesday – Saturday 12-6PM from 22 July 2015 – 19 September 2015 and take place at 9 Hillgate Street, London W8 7SP.

Please contact the studio if you would like to attend the private viewing or arrange a visit.

Crucifixion, 2015. 66 x 71 in. Oil on Canvas.

Crucifixion, 2015. 66 x 71 in. Oil on Canvas.

Koestler Trust Awards

Paul Benney is delighted to have participated in judging this years Koestler Trust Awards. The awards recognise distinguished artwork from several different genres submitted by inmates from HM prisons throughout the United Kingdom.

The selected work will be on exhibition at the Southbank Centre in October of this year

This years judges included Gavin Graham, Linda Heathcote Amory, Carol Wates, Chris Ingram and have included Grayson Perry, Sara Lucas in the past.

More information can be found at the links below.

Koestler Trust Awards

PostsKoestler Trust Judges 


Judging the Koestler Trust Awards, June 2015.

UPCOMING: Dorian Grey Gallery, New York October 2015.

Paul Benney will be travelling to New York and showing at Dorian Grey Gallery in October, 2015 with fellow artist Louis Renzoni. Their work will focus on the theme of ‘Illumination’ and will mark his return to New York City after a long hiatus. Please contact the studio for more information or to arrange a viewing.

More information about the Dorian Grey Gallery and Louis Renzoni can be found below:

Dorian Grey Gallery

Louis Renzoni 

UPCOMING: Paul Benney and Simon Edmondson at Serena Morton Gallery

Paul Benney and Simon Edmondson will be collaborating for an upcoming show at the Serena Morton Gallery in Notting Hill. Both artists will be showing new work that can be seen as oblique homages to the films and writings of Andrey Tarkovsky.  The exhibition is scheduled to open on November 4, 2015 and will continue for the month. Please contact the studio if you would like more details or to be considered for a private viewing.

More information about Simon Edmondson and Serena Morton can be found below:

Serena Morton 
Simon Edmondson

The Last of the Tide : Portraits of the D-Day Veterans

Paul Benney is proud to have contributed to the exhibition ‘Last of the Tide’, a collection of 12 portraits of selected D-Day veterans by 12 different portraits. Benney’s portrait of former captain of the 1st Battalion and Anti-Tank Commander Brian Stewart is one of the twelve portraits commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales to pay tribute to some of the extraordinary men that played a role in the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944. All twelve of the veterans chosen for the commissions served in regiments with which The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have a formal affiliation. Thank you to the Royal Collection Trust and the generous patrons for their vision and commitment in celebrating these distinguished veterans.

The Portraits comprising the ‘Last of the Tide’ exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery will remain in situ until the beginning of November.  [Please note that the room in which the portraits are displayed may be closed on certain days. ] In January 2016 the exhibition will travel to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where the portraits will on display until April, 2016.


More details can be found at the links below:

Last of the Tide : Portraits of the D-Day Veterans

The Guardian Review


Royal Collection Opening June 5 2015

BP Portrait Awards 2014 : Fergus Henderson

The 2014 BP Portrait Award exhibition including Paul Benney’s portrait of Fergus Henderson travels to the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery and The Aberystwyth Arts Centre.  The show is now closed.

More information about these venus can be found below

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens 

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery 

The Aberystwyth Arts Centre 

2014. 127 x 91.5 cm. Oil on canvas.

WINTER : A Heidi Greensmith film


Congratulations to the team behind the film ‘Winter’ which features many of Paul Benney’s recent ‘Night Painting’ series. The film received 7 New York City International Film Festival nominations and won four of the top awards including Best Drama Film, Best International Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Original Score.

Please look out for this film and Paul Benney’s ‘Night Paintings’ on screen when ‘Winter’ is in wider release later on this year.

More information can be found at the links below:


Unveiling of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and 'Estimate'

The two portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her horse, Gold Cup winner ‘Estimate’, were recently unveiled at the Jockey Club in Newmarket. I was a privilege to spend some time with Her Majesty while I was working on this commission.


Paul Benney with HM Queen Elizabeth II

Paul Benney with HM Queen Elizabeth II

2015. 96 x 122 cm. Oil on Canvas. The Jockey Club.

Stations of The Cross at Marylebone Parish Church

Paul Benney’s work ‘Speaking in Tongues’ will be at Marylebone Parish Church as part of the ‘Stations of the Cross’. Curated by Ben Moore, ‘Stations of The Cross’  presents an exhibition of 20 artists representations of the Passion of Christ at London’s St. Marylebone’s Parish Church in support of the Missing Tom Fund.

Also in the exhibit is Paul Benney’s work ‘St. Jude Thaddeus’ from the 12 Apostle series.

While the show ends on March 17th, ‘Speaking in Tongues’ will be on display through May, 2015.

St. Marylebone Parish Church
Marylebone Road,
London, NW1 5LT