Paul Benney is an internationally acclaimed British artist best known for his painting and installation work. A prominent member of the Neo-Expressionist group during the 80’s in New York’s East Village, Benney became known for his depictions of stygian themes and dark nights of the soul. He recently exhibited his large-scale installation Speaking in Tongues during the 57th Venice Art Biennale at the chapel of San Gallo, Venice.
Benney has twice won the public choice award in the BP Portrait Award and has been shortlisted on two occasions. In 2013, he was invited to be one of the judges for the Threadneedle prize at the Mall Galleries and also a judge for the Koestler Award.
Paul Benney has lived and worked in the UK and USA and is represented in public and private collections around the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA), The Brooklyn Museum (USA), The National Gallery (Australia) and The National Portrait Gallery (London), as well as in prominent private and corporate collections.