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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.
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