Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016

Paul Benney

Paul Benney

Paul Benney

Photo Credit: Renata Danobeitia

“Inevitably, some will be seen as strange choices, but hopefully all will have a powerful sense of their own identity, a palpable sense of the intentions of the artist fully realised…”

“… a call out to all artists: This field of contemporary art is as vital as any contemporary practice in offering us a window to the concerns and dilemmas of the times we live in.”


Paul Benney is a painter who for the past three decades has produced a distinctive and singular body of work in both the US and the UK.  His work is represented in public collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Benney started exhibiting in New York in the 1980s and became known for his monochromatic paintings, sculptures and mixed media works: stygian themes of mortality, absence and remembrance that have preoccupied him throughout his career.  Benney is also one of this country’s leading portrait artists and has exhibited in eight BP Portrait exhibitions.  In 2009 he was an exhibitor in The Threadneedle Prize exhibition.

Benney is currently Artist-in-Residence at Somerset House. 



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