Living in colour

‘Colour works like a magic injection of energy.  A Life-in-Colour is adventure, exploration, and passion.  No regrets!’ – Kira Behnert

KIRA BEHNERT

Always a passion for Art & Culture but initially on a very different career path, I was fortunate enough to get a second chance to become a full time artist settling in London. I took art classes from various leading art schools in the capital and graduated with an art diploma in summer 2019.  Whilst the lockdown has been an obstacle, I have been able to exhibit off and online to collectors in the US and Europe and am thrilled to take part in my first ‘Contemporary Art Fair’ outside London in Surrey, this September! 

As abstract Mixed media artist I create artworks on small birch board or large canvases, and complement my practice with intuitive monotype screen prints.  I find inspiration mostly in seaside places with high intensity light, but also from my life now in cosmopolitan, multi-cultural urban London.

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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…

What's On
Check out my latest works here:

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

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ARTWORK

Paintings

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 

Current Collections:

    • West Indies
    • Dreaming during Lockdown
    • Every Day a New Day
    • Berlin
BoardS

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.

Current Collections:

  • Ocean
  • Urban Seaside
  • Blueberry Forest
  • Utah – Series 2020
Screen Prints
Autumn Vibes

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.

Current Collections:

  • Winter Collection​
  • West Indies Print Collection​
  • Southern California Beaches
  • At the Coast – Print Collection
  • Risk & Soul
  • Utah – Print Collection
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