Living in colour
‘Colour works like a magic injection of energy. A Life-in-Colour is adventure, exploration, and passion. No regrets!’ – Kira Behnert
Originally from Germany, KIRA BEHNERT re-kindled her love for art practice in London in 2015, after a career in International business that took her around the world for many years. She took art classes from various leading art schools in the capital and graduated with an art diploma in summer 2019, She has been a full time artist since, exhibiting and selling successfully off and online to collectors in the US and Europe.
Kira creates mixed media artworks on small birch board or large canvases, and complements her practice with monotype screen prints. Her artworks are contrast-rich, colourful expressions of her experience of the world around her: from a lighthearted childhood close to nature in Germany, travels to visually rich cultures such as the Middle East or natural gems like the canyons in the US, to her life now in cosmopolitan, multi-cultural urban London.
My Inspiration & Process What inspires me as an artist? Great question! Colour and light come to mind immediately. Growing up in the North of Germany with a more subdued ‘marine’ colour palette, I was fascinated by the contrast in vibrancy when travelling to warmer, more exotic places: the brighter, very blue skies, fabrics in popping colours, and very different sets of sun-bleached pastels outdoors. My artworks are a reflection of this alternating pattern. I enjoy creating ‘calm’ monochrome works at times to contrast to celebrations of colour in most of my works. One creates more appreciation for the other. Read more…
Featured also in “The Artist Lounge’ Art Magazine online and in print as of June 4, 2021!
With artwork exhibited in the brand new Interactive Online Exhibition (Wall 18)
CONTEMPORARY ART FAIRS – SURREY 2021
I am delighted to announce I will be exhibiting at the Contemporary Art Fair at Surrey, UK
24th – 26th September 2021
Surrey Hall, Sandown Park Racecource, Portsmouth Road, Esher KT10 9AJ
Vanity Fair UK
Featured in the Lifestyle ‘New Finds’ section of Vanity Fair UK in May/June’21.
M.A.D.S. Gallery – Italy July/August 2021
Exhibiting in Group Show ‘PARAISO’
23 July – 3, August, ’21
My artworks are a reflection of my desire for light, warmth, and positivity, no matter how complex or challenging life gets around us. – My mixed media on canvas pieces are where I can express myself on a larger scale
- West Indies
- Dreaming during Lockdown
- Every Day a New Day
Given the firm nature of birch boards, it is one of the greatest surfaces for mixed media for me. The many layers of paint, collage, plaster and other material can be added applying pressure and marks can be made scratching into the surface. Rich and multi-faceted artworks come to life.
The artworks are sold unframed for easy shipping but frames can be added upon request.
- Urban Seaside
- Blueberry Forest
- Utah – Series 2020
My monotype screen prints are created directly on the screen. A limited series of artist prints are available to purchase as glicee prints on beautiful Hahnemühle paper.
- Winter Collection
- West Indies Print Collection
- Southern California Beaches
- At the Coast – Print Collection
- Risk & Soul
- Utah – Print Collection