At once perplexing and intoxicating, Dave Behrens’ paintings whisk the viewer into an exhilarating, fantastical world of pattern, shape and color. Inspired by Art Nouveau and Symbolism, Behrens’ latticed, multihued paintings exist in the shadowy realm between dreams and reality. Behrens’ geometric forms, interchangeably seductively simplistic and elaborately ornate, intimately invite us into a world of wonder and exploration.
Influenced by ancient cultures, particularly that of Egypt, Behrens paints within paintings, evoking a sense of kinship with the past. “I am inspired by the vast universe, the limitless histories of our ancients and yet to be told tales from the futurists,” states Behrens. “I have undertaken a spiritual journey of self-discovery through my art and from that journey, comes the expression of the energy of color and movement in the form of my art.” Indeed, Behrens’ harmony with the universal past is palpable in his vigorously patterned works, stunning in their provocative whimsy and fantasy.
Dave’s works have been described as bringing a sense of sophistication, glamour, and classic simplicity to works that are anything but simple. A native of Sydney, Australia, Behrens lives and works in Brisbane, Australia.