Brendan Behan

Recent Illustration of Brendan Behan as part of upcoming ‘Irish Minds and Masters’ exhibit.

Watercolour on paper. (original is SOLD)

High quality prints available.

Brendan Behan

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“Shifting Mood – energy self portrait”

This is my second self portrait.

Title: “Shifting Mood – energy self portrait” Oil on canvas.

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👉🏻 the piece explained :

Sometimes we hide away who we want to be and who we really are. Authenticity and happiness in this life is sometimes achieved when we make huge sacrifices. Some are brave enough to and others are not.

This painting represents the inner war many of us have with trying to survive when we want to cry and choose to solider on even if that means wearing a mask until a time comes when we can step free of it.

This is for anyone who knows what this internal and external struggle is like. I choose blue because right now it reflects the mood. Blue is a colour that suggests peace. It’s the colour of the calm sea and the clear sky, both of which are linked to inner serenity, calm and clarity. Blue was also shown to slow heart rate and breathing, so it can be a good colour to aid in meditation or relaxation. So in trying to find the calm in chaos. It is also associated with the need to feel authentic and unique. With the splash of red I wanted to draw attention to the struggle.

It is the colour associated with energy and aggression. Red has an effect on our physiological state, since it increases heart rate and makes us breathe faster. Red is very noticeable, so an overuse can be irritating or provoke aggression. A red accent on a neutral background can help draw attention to a single element. This is how I have used it here. The white is purity of mind.

 

Moving through time

“Moving through time” oil on wooden panel.

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Utterly lost in the beautiful work of William Turner today. He wasn’t a people’s artist. He was known as cantankerous and often obsolete of real human connection but he connected to the land and nature. And held full adherence to the truthful capturing of the colours within nature.

“He was not concerned with minutiae and refinements, but adopted violent and sometimes complementary colours (to obtain the greatest degree of luminosity) so that the foreground plane was readily dissolved into a simple patch of colour”.

As he evolved he showed how one could see through the great masses of light and shade. On doing so he not only anticipated certain attitudes of the impressionists towards what is ‘seen’ but came to create the great historical synthesis between the Dutch landscape tradition and the universal grandeur of classicism.

In this piece“Moving through time” that I have painted I am dissembling a landscape and honing in on light and imbalance, the same that is found in nature.

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close up of part of the painting

Energy Portraits

Over the last few months I have been painting a collection of energy portrait pieces which delves in the energy force within a person and captures it onto the canvas.

One woman said that she felt they were metaphysical portraits and then another woman said the same thing to me when I was chatting to her last week. For me, it is my attempt to answer the essentially metaphysical question of the nature of the mind and the psyche of a person or subject matter and then display it on canvas. It then helps or assists the person in further understanding parts about themselves that may have lay hidden or unearthed. A visual representation and reflection of their inner selves on a canvas, if you will. Interpretive of course.

Nature and indeed human nature inspires me. How we are made up and what makes us who we are. Below is a recent Energy Portrait I completed for a rather impressive litigator in London who works for the UN. You will note the strong use of blue and how intense the strength of the tones throughout the painting depict the strength of the subjects energy.  The rest of the story behind it will be maintained as private between the artist and the subject. As it is a very personal kind of portrait where the subject allows the artist enter into their energy space and draw from it. These particular pieces are such an honour to paint.

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Below is another Energy Portrait, this time, it was as if the subject held together moments of her life in her energy field that made up a clear image like a landscape. The red across the bottom depicting a loss of love/life along the way and the calm matured tones and elements reconcile her balance in life.

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The piece below is broken into two parts. It was a very beautiful and powerful lady who works a great deal with people as part of her day to day and the spiritual realm as a physic and life coach. When I met her the beautiful tones of maroon and rich auburn and yellow came to the forefront. A strong male energy came along with it and a shadowy memory of Londons docklands in the 1800 and 1900’s. so in essence it became about more than her own energy but those attached to her too.

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Elemental forces

I have been painting a collection of landscapes and also pieces which display the transmogrification of frail emotions from within onto canvas. Elemental means related to or embodying the powers of nature. And the below are my personal renditions of nature and its energetic flow within the grand cosmos that embodies the mind, the physical self, the higher level of consciousness and our spiritual awareness in connection to the world around us and the changing patterns of it due to climate change and industrialisation.

 

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Landscape collection

Howdy folks, Its been a good few months since I posted last as I work at a computer for a good few hours of the day in my job as a publicist and writer, I tend to use my spare and designated painting time at the easel. Six months after my first solo show in Dublin’s Inspire Gallery and the feedback I received from the Habitat part of the exhibition was so strong in reactions from people and buyers that I decided to follow it more and create some landscapes in the same guise.

The below pieces are about sitting, walking, running and simply connecting with the present moment whilst experiencing the landscape around us, and feeling along with absorbing its energies. I have always been a spiritual being and have read countless books on various esoteric and spiritual rituals and beliefs ranging across a multitude of religions and practices. I will forever be hungry to discover more about the source of where we come from and were we are ultimately going towards. Life and Death being a catalyst here. Along with the practice of simply ‘being’ within a moment.

Heavily influenced by Kazimir Malevich I wanted to tap further into his notions that “A painted surface is a real, living form.” and “Man, as a form, bears within him the eternal principle of being, and by economic movement along his endless path his form is also transformed, just as everything that lives in nature was transformed in him.”

Suprematism and abstract expressionism are two forms I am really connecting with the last year or so. There are soft murmurs and echoes of it here.

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This piece is titled “View from Loughcrew” Oil on Canvas (48 x36 inches). (Price €1200)

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This piece is titled “Sheep on a hill” Oil on Canvas (20×16 inches). (Price €350)

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This piece is titled “Tide moving out” Oil on Canvas (20×16 inches) (Price €350)

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This piece is titled “Clouds that block the sun… where have they gone to?” – Oil on canvas. (Sold privately).

During the manifestation and preparation for my first solo show earlier this year (2017), my paternal Grandfather and maternal Grandmother passed away. They did not go quietly, battling through illness and disease. It was a very poignant part of my life experiencing such harrowing pain on having to watch two paramount figures pass on. A certain calmness comes with grief, in waves or clouds that sometimes hang over us. The exhibition would not have happened where it not for these two people encouraging me to follow art. The sun shining through in two parts is of no coincidence in this painting.

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