Monika Behrens

For the last 15 years, Monika Behrens have been developing her practice within the realm of still life painting. Recently, she has concentrated on the history of still life painting focusing on 17thcentury Dutch still life. Her current work draws a dialogue between the histories of traditional still life and contemporary ways of making paintings.

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November 2019

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November 28 - December 21
Finkelstein Gallery, Basement 2, 1 Victoria St
Windsor, Vic 3181 Australia
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For the last 15 years, Monika Behrens have been developing her practice within the realm of still life painting. Recently, she has concentrated on the history of still life painting focusing on 17thcentury Dutch still life. Her current work draws a dialogue between the histories of traditional still life and contemporary ways of making paintings. She has been researching and making paintings based on different subgenres of the tradition, namely Floral, Hunting Trophy and Pronk, concentrating on the similarities within the compositions of each subgenre and how I can use this knowledge to make paintings blending digital and analogue technologies.

Behrens has had 11 solo exhibitions including; ‘Analogue Art in a Digital World’ at RMIT gallery, ‘The Thinking Image’at Martin Browne Contemporary, Reimagining Seventeenth-Century Dutch Still Life: A Transformation into Contemporary Painting’ at UNSW Galleries, ‘Hunting Trophy’at Verge, Double Dutchat Breenspace, ‘Standing Still’at Gallerysmith, ‘Salad Days’at the National Art School Gallery, ‘1’ at Rimbun Dahan Gallery in Kuala Lumper and ‘Silent Bang’ at Ivan Dougherty Gallery in Sydney.

 

Behrens has also exhibited in a number of prominent group exhibitions such as ‘Primavera’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the ‘Archibald’ and ‘Sulman’ prizes at the Art Gallery of NSW, ‘EEA21’ at the Museum of Modern Art in Saitama Japan, and the ‘Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship’ at Artspace, Sydney. She has received two Australia Council for the Arts grants (2006 & 2010) and been selected for several local and international residencies including; Artspace Sydney, Rimbun Malaysia, Citédes arts Paris and PAF, St Erme.

 

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SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018          The Thinking Image, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney

 

2017          Reimagining seventeenth-century Dutch still life: through a contemporary painting practice, UNSW Galleries, Sydney

 

2016          The Hunt, Verge Gallery, Sydney

 

2011          Standing Still, Gallerysmith, North Melbourne

 

2010         Double Dutch, Breenspace, Waterloo, NSW

2010         Malaysia, Rimbun Dahan Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

2009          Have Your Cake and Eat it Too, Gallerysmith, North Melbourne

2009          Salad Days, National Art School Gallery, Darlinghurst, NSW

 

2008          Hush Historical – Rehearsing the Australian History Wars, Gallerysmith, North Melbourne

2008          Battle Nullius, FirstDraft Gallery, Surry Hills, NSW

 

2007          Silent Bang, Ivan Dougerty Gallery, Sydney

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