Paul Behnke: Studio Visit

Paul Behnke, Green Haint, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 60x58 inches (courtesy of the
Paul Behnke, Green Haint, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 58 inches (courtesy of the artist)

Christopher Joy and Zachary Keeting visit the studio of painter Paul Behnke.

Asked about the pleasure inherent in the experience of pure color, Behnke comments: "I think of my color as more anxiety... color can serve as a segue into the work... the color makes them more accessible... an then ... when things settle down and you spend more time with the piece it starts to be a little grating." Expressing a preference for more traditional picture space versus an all-over approach to abstraction, Behnke notes: "I don't like a lot of chaos ... I want there to be important forms and then lesser forms, important colors and lesser colors. I want there to be that hierarchy in the imagery."