(American, 20th century)
Oil on Paper
37 x 38 Inches
Signed Lower Right, "Behrens"
Signed Verso "Elke Behrens" and Titled "Summer Gardens"
Framed Dimensions: 42¼ x 42 x 1¾ Inches
Elke Behrens first studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the California College of Arts and Crafts and, subsequently, at the Cecil Graves Studio in Florence, Italy. Her paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and worldwide including in San Francisco, Santa Fe, Germany, Switzerland and Singapore. Her work may be found in numerous public and private collections including that of the Sultan of Brunei.
"My love of painting has taken me to many corners of the world where the artistic histories have inspired me in my art. These experiences have helped me to construct my “weltanschauung”, or world philosophy, which has guided my artistic sensibility. Born in Hamburg, Germany, I came to the United States at the age of thirteen. After having spent many years in New England I later moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where I now live. I turned to painting after suffering several significant personal losses. Since then I have worked prolifically and diligently, rarely spending a day without painting. Channeled by my strong motivation and dedication, I aspire to create whimsical images that offer a balance of child-like simplicity with contrasting depth. My paintings and images are densely layered and covered with a mesh of vivid colors and graffitied or scratched images. The inspiration for my work stems from masters, such as Basquiat, Dubuffet and Klimt, and of course, the simplest artistic creations of children."
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