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Paul Benney

Benney has for the past three decades produced a distinctive and singular body of work in both the U.S. and U.K. and is represented in public and private collections around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Gallery, Australia, The National Portrait Gallery, London, as well as prominent private and corporate collections such as the Eli Broad Foundation, AIG Houston and Standard Life, UK.


Benney has twice won the public choice award in the BP Portrait Award and has been short listed on two occasions. In 2013 he was invited to be one of the judges for the Threadneedle prize at the Mall Galleries.


A key member of the Neo-Expressionist group of the early 80’s in New York’s East Village, Benney became known for his depictions of stygian themes and dark nights of the soul. Also one of the country’s leading portrait artists, he has painted many prominent cultural and political figures.


Courtesy of the artist’s website.