Kira Behnert Art

CONTEMPORARY ARTIST

MIXED MEDIA

Kira Behnert is an international mixed-media artist based in London.  Her artworks are contrast-rich, optimistic expressions of her experience of the world around her.

 

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Featured Artwork

WHITES - 2020, Sea

Young - 2020, Way to school

Large Canvas - 2020, Lockdown

MEMORIES - Mixed Media with Resin

Utah - 2020, Indian Art

Urban Monoprints, Blue

About

 

About Kira Behnert

Originally from Germany and living in London, KIRA BEHNERT creates mixed media artworks on board or canvas, as well as monotype screen prints.  Her artworks are contrast-rich, colourful expressions of her experience of the world around her: from a childhood in Germany, years of study in the US and travels to visually rich countries with rich cultures such as the Middle East, to her life now in cosmopolitan urban London.   

 

Deeply influenced by the ideology ‘anything is possible’, her paintings radiate an energetic, positive outlook on life. She aims to push her artworks towards abstraction, leaving works deliberately open-ended and intriguing to the viewer. Complex layers of paint, collage, and texture in her mixed media works reflect the richness of life’s experiences. In every piece she aims to pass on a feeling of spontaneity, enjoying the moment, embracing life.

Exhibitions

Art Studies

2020

Virtual Exhibition, Essential School of Art, London

Virtual Exhibition, Art2Life.com

2019

Group Exhibition, Putney School of Art, London

Group Exhibition, Will’s Art Gallery, London

Group Exhibition, Design Art Concepts, Miami FL

 

2018

Group Exhibition, Design Art Concepts, Miami FL

Executive Masters Cultural Arts, 

Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2020-21

 

Intuitive Painting, 

Essential School of Painting, London 2020

 

Foundation Diploma, 

Putney School of Art & Design, London 2017-2019 

 

Various classes at 

London’s prestigious Art schools, London 2005-2016

Artwork

 

WHITES - 2020

In contrast to my colourful, vibrant works, 'whites' are inspired by the need for a moment of reflection and calm, meditation and appreciation of the little things and precious moments around us.  The works are many layers of mixed media on board.

YOUNG - Series 2020

Colourful expressions on board during lockdown, driven by the naive yet very active and vivid mindset of innocent young children.

Large Paintings - Lockdown 2020

Painting on large surfaces during lockdown 2020 has been deliberating. Expressing the desire for life, colour, social interaction, travel, in contrast to worries and missing loved ones.

Studio 2020
Large canvas
brushes&paints
WIP Large Artworks Lockdown
Lockdown2020

Berlin - Series 2019

My ‘Berlin’ series of mixed media canvases is a personal homage to my family and my birth country, Germany.  Fortunately my family escaped from East Berlin just at the start of the construction of the wall in 1961. I was always thankful for this.


To express the complexity of urban life in Berlin after the fall of the wall in 1989 and the long process of reunification, I use layers of paint, collage and printing in an abstract way.  I am inspired by the visual remnants of the wall with people’s colourful drawings and writing expressing their pain and anger at the time and the contrast with new and historic urban dwellings and life there today. 

In other ‘big city’ works, both abstract and figurative prints and paintings, I capture the special spirit and colours of summer in the city: the contrast of closely built high-rise buildings, crowded living spaces and busy offices against the carefree, light-filled atmosphere  that takes over for a few weeks of summer each year.

MEMORIES

Mixed Media with Resin

MemoriesOnWallSquare
MemoriesSide
Memories Close Up_edited

UTAH

'Limitless Horizons of Utah' explores the natural beauty of Southern Utah: red canyons against endless turquoise skies, mixed with glimpses of Indian Art and memories of their history.

OUT & ABOUT

Monoprint Series 2020