Andrew Charles Behnke
I was raised in the city of Hastings, just an hour's drive away from the Twin Cities area. The spark that started the fire that was my art career came in the third grade. Then, a few visits to the Art Institute of Chicago when I was on vacation, and the books on Dali I got gave me a sudden urge to be the next Salvador Dali, and I've been creating ever since. I've had many phases where I was inspired by different artists. In my high school and college days, my inspiration came from my love of heavy metal music and the artist H.R. Giger, known for his design of the titular creature of the Alien franchise. Currently, a number of artists give me some creative juce, Georgia O'Keeffe, Leonora Carrington, Francis Bacon, and the Polish painter, Zdzisław Beksiński to name a few of them. I might not have dreams to be the next Dali anymore, but I do have hopes that my works will be known and respected within art circles, at least locally.
I've always been fascinated with creating unusual imagery; the sort of imagery that either confuses or disturbs people. Some of the works I make seem negative, but currently, we are living in a rather turbulent age. These works reflect my anxieties for the future, and my disgust and dispair of the past and present. They are my ways of venting my feelings of the world around me without sounding pretentious or accusative. To create works that use expression like my own, I utilize oil paints, since the medium is known for its versatility and I could create such vivid and intricate detail. I have worked with acrylic in the past, and while they were easy to work with, they didn't seem to have the effect of slight realism that I had intended.