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Dave Behrens



I commenced painting in acrylics in 2002 to explore the theme of identity. It’s a theme that investigates the identity of self predominately, yet I am drawn to the concept of identity in others. I use mark-making and pattern forming to express these ideas of identity. There’s an intention to use colours and associations to commit ideas to address this expression. The process of identity can be creative or destructive, yet my purpose is to be creative, using known concepts and mixing them with unique attributes to form positive outcomes.

I’m influenced by ancient cultures, science fiction and popular culture and how these influences use ideas and elements to be identifiable. I have undertaken a journey of self-discovery through my art practice and from that journey, come the expression of the energy of colour and movement in the form of my art. My intention is to draw the viewer in to explore my works and to interpret as they view it.

I have exhibited in Australia and the United States. My work is in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, The UK, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the United States and in corporate collections in Brisbane, Australia.

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