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WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO LATELY

2019-2022 Long Overdue Studio Newsletter

I’ve been very lax in keeping my friends up to date with exhibitions and projects. So, here’s a run down and some photos/videos: WARNING! Only the most determined will get to the end of this!

Iconic Works: Inspiration – National Museum of Sweden and National Museum of Norway

CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR EXHIBITION DETAILS

photo: Paul Benney’s ‘Pieta’ Oil on Canvas. (Next room in photo 1: Jeff Koon’s ‘Mona Lisa and reflecting ball’)

2020. Travelled to Copenhagen to attend the opening of ‘INSPIRATION – ICONIC WORKS, the great travelling museum exhibition curated by James Putman and Suzanne Pettersson at the Swedish National Gallery and later that year to the Finland National Museum, Helsinki.  I was very happy to have my work alongside Marina Abramović, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Nancy Fouts, Mark Karasick, Ola Kolehmainen, Jeff Koons, Joseph Kosuth, Sara Masüger and Yinka Shonibare CBE among others.

My gallery Anima Mundi Gallery continues to be very supportive of my work. Please follow the links to the online and gallery exhibitions starting with ‘Scrying Mirror’ 2016,  ’Protected by Alarms’ October, 2019, ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ April 2020, ’Beyond Ourselves’ November 2020  ’Castles of Sand’ June 2021, ‘Thresholds’ December 2021,‘Mabon’ September 2022 and ‘Samhain’ October 2022.

December, 2020. My answer to the ‘lockdown’ gathering restrictions was to hold a winter outdoor installation; NIGHT PAINTINGS-WINTER ​PROJECTIONS at Snape Maltings. This projection event included large scale digital/painting, hybrid video projections on the exterior walls of the Snape buildings. All credit to artistic Director Harry Young for making it happen.

October, 2021. Viktor Wynd invited me to exhibit some small works at his The Museum of Curiosities in Hackney, London. The dark, sepulchral interior of the museum perfectly suited my work. Sounds gloomy but it worked well. 

December, 2021.BUCOLIA, a group show at Colmena House. Renata and I curated this exhibition of stellar contemporary artists, which we plan to repeat as a regular fixture here.

March 2022 Seven Portraits. Surviving the Holocaust. Buckingham Palace, Queens Gallery. Honoured to be asked to paint Holocaust survivor, Helena Aronson by the then Prince of Wales for the Royal Collection.

May, 2022. ‘Once Upon a Time’, group show.  Big crowds for the opening reminded me of the East Village openings in the 1980’s. Curated by Flora Fairbairn and Katie Heller at 23, Chiltern Street, London. 

June, 2022. ‘Remains to be Seen’ PAUL BENNEY, KIKI SMITH, LAURENCE EDWARDS at Britten-Pears Arts, Suffolk. A major, three person exhibition, two years in the making and scheduled to coincide with the recent Aldeburgh music festival. I asked two artists I admire greatly to join me in populating several familiar and less familiar (semi derelict) spaces around the Snape Maltings campus. I’ve been informed by the Britten-Pears arts director that this exhibition drew the greatest attendance figures of any exhibition at Snape Maltings. 

October, 2022. Catch this Channel 4 documentary, Antiques Yard.  In episode 3, @ 30 mins. I am resurrecting or conjuring up a C17 painting of the famous Milanese hairy girl Antionetta Gonzales that’s hidden under a later Madonna and Child. This is a fascinating account and turns out to be the origin story for Beauty and the Beast!

Paul Benney- artist interview, mostly talking about ‘Speaking in Tongues’ and the Dark Mirror Series 


Currently on show at the BYU Museum of Art, Utah. CLICK https://moa.byu.edu/monumental-matters
Very pleased to be included in this 6 person show, including Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Mike Kelley
UNTIL AUGUST 2023


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.

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.
 

In Conversation with Paul Benney:

Dr Nicola Jennings, director of the Colnaghi Foundation, talks to Paul Benney about his work and influences.
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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 rsvp@artbelow.com to attend the private view on March 15th.

Anima Mundi : Mixed Winter

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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

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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.

Vout-O-Reenes Auction Update & THANK YOU

Congratulations to Sophie Parkin and the artists who donated their work to the Grenfell Charity Auction at Vout-o-Reenes. We’re happy to announce the auction raised a staggering £28,000 for the survivors of Grenfell Tower. Thank you all for your support.

Vout-O-Reenes Auction Update & THANK YOU

Congratulations to Sophie Parkin and the artists who donated their work to the Grenfell Charity Auction at Vout-o-Reenes. We’re happy to announce the auction raised a staggering £28,000 for the survivors of Grenfell Tower. Thank you all for your support.

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.

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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.

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.

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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 paulbenneyvenice.com 

Map to S. Gallo from St. Mark's Square.

Map to S. Gallo from St. Mark’s Square.

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 paulbenneyvenice.com 

Map to S. Gallo from St. Mark's Square.

Map to S. Gallo from St. Mark’s Square.

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 paulbenneyvenice.com 

Map to S. Gallo from St Marks Square

Map to S. Gallo from St Marks Square

Paul Benney on ARTSY

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.

For all other enquiries please contact the studio