2020 : Upcoming Exhibitions

Paul Benney is happy to announce his participation in the following exhibitions over the coming months.

Currently open at the Finland National Museum, Helsinki ‘INSPIRATION – ICONIC WORKS is a major traveling exhibition that contains work by Marina Abramović, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Nancy Fouts, Mark Karasick, Ola Kolehmainen, and Jeff Koons, Joseph Kosuth, Sara Masüger and Yinka Shonibare CBE among others.

Paul will also be involved in two other group exhibitions. The first at  Messum, London, and then with the Anima Mundi Gallery for the exhibition  ‘Cogito Ergo Sum’ in late August 2020.

The exhibition WINTER PROJECTIONS at Snape Maltings will be a compilation of Benney’s recent digital/painting hybrid video projections on the exterior walls of the Snape buildings. October 2020.

Lastly, Paul will also be having a solo exhibition of small works at The Museum of Curiosities in London. October 2020.

In Conversation with Paul Benney:

Dr Nicola Jennings, director of the Colnaghi Foundation, talks to Paul Benney about his work and influences.

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Vout-O-Reenes Auction Update & THANK YOU

Congratulations to Sophie Parkin and the artists who donated their work to the Grenfell Charity Auction at Vout-o-Reenes. We’re happy to announce the auction raised a staggering £28,000 for the survivors of Grenfell Tower. Thank you all for your support.

Paul Benney Paintings Featured in The Film WINTER

The film, WINTER, directed by Heidi Greensmith, starting Tommy Flannagan, and featuring works by Paul Benney, is now available to stream in the United States on Flix Premiere.


A courageous debut feature film, WINTER tells the story of a father’s emotional breakdown and explores the arbitrary nature of violence and the aftermath of loss.

Paul Benney on ARTSY


A collection Of Paul Benney’s work is now available on ARTSY. Among the works listed are the breathtaking original works in Benney’s ‘Scrying Mirror’ series, a variety of his Limited Edition Silver Giclee Prints, as well as an array of works.

Scrying Mirrors by Paul Benney

For more information, please visit the ARTSY Website.

The Crypt,
30 Prescot St,
E1 8BB

Vout-O-Reenes is holding a charitable auction on 30th of June, 2017 to raise money to help the survivors of the Grenfell tower tragedy. Organised by Sophie Parkin, Vout-O-Reenes has secured a wide selection of artworks by over 20 different artists. Paul Benney is honoured to donate a Limited Edition Silver Giclee print of his work ‘Host’ to this worth cause. All proceeds from the auction will go to the survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Paul Benney Exhibition at Anima-Mundi

Open From 30/6/2017 – 29/7/2017

After the categorical success of Paul Benney’s ‘Speaking in Tongues’ in this year’s 57th Venice Biennale, The Anima – Mundi gallery in St Ives is now exhibiting a large scale Silver Leaf Giclee Print of ‘Speaking in Tongues’. Like the exhibition in Venice, the work is accompanied by smaller Silver Giclee Prints of Benney’s ‘Reliquary’ series.




St Ives Cornwall
TR26 2DS

‘Speaking in Tongues’ in the Church of S. Gallo, Venice.

Paul Benney at The London Art Fair with Anima-Mundi


Benney Studios is delighted to announce that Paul will be exhibiting with Anima-Mundi at the 2017 London Art Fair. 


Stand 50.
The Business Design Centre,
52 Upper Street, Islington.


Wednesday 18th: 11am-9pm
Thursday 19th: 11am-9pm
Friday 20th: 11am-7pm
Saturday 21st: 11am-7.30pm
Sunday 22nd: 11am-5pm
For further information please visit – www.anima-mundi.co.uk, www.londonartfair.com, and www.artsy.net 

‘Scrying Mirror’ at the Anima Mundi Gallery

A video tour of Paul Benney’s Solo Show ‘Scrying Mirror’ at the Anima Mundi Gallery:

An Interview with Paul Benney about his show ‘Scrying Mirror’ at the Anima Mundi Gallery:

Save The Date : Scrying Mirror @ Anima Mundi : 12 November 2016

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Please save the date for the preview evening of Paul Benney’s solo exhibition ‘Scrying Mirror’ at the Anima Mundi Gallery in St. Ives, Cornwall.

‘Scrying Mirror’
Anima Mundi 
Street-An-Pol, St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DS
The Preview Evening will be:
Saturday 12th November, from 7 – 9 pm

Anima Mundi:
Street-An-Pol, St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DS

The exhibition will continue until 10th January 2017



“Listen closely… the eternal hush of silence goes on and on throughout all this, and has been going on, and will go on and on. This is because the world is nothing but a dream and is just thought of and the everlasting eternity pays no attention to it.”
-Jack Kerouac


Show Dates: 17th October – 5th November, 2016
Address: Herrick Gallery, 93 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London, W1J 7NQ (Nearest underground is Green Park)
Private View : Monday, October 17th. 6:00-8:00 PM.
Please contact the studio to request an invitation to the Private View

The exhibition contains works by (in alphabetical order) : Laura J Adams, Simon Allen, Simon Averill, Sarah Ball, Samuel Bassett, Trevor Bell, Paul Benney, Beatrice Brown, Mat Chivers, Steve Goddard, Andrew Hardwick, Youki Hirakawa, Sax Impey RWA, Arthur Lanyon, Richard Nott, Peter Randall-Page RA, Tim Shaw RA, Jarno Vesala, Joy Wolfenden Brown, Carlos Zapata

More information on the ‘Behind Silence’ show can be found HERE

A limited edition sliver giclee print of Paul Benney’s ‘Speaking in Tongues’ will take up the main wall in the downstairs bar of the House of St. Barnabas until the Summer of 2017. The work is a large scale ( 2m x 3m ) reproduction of the original and is also available for sale. The House of St, Barnabas is a not-for-profit members club that focuses on the arts.

The bar area was also curated Paul Benney and includes works by Tim Shaw, Bill Jackson and Susan Derges.

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The House of St Barnabas
1 Greek St
London W1D 4NQ
Summer 2016 – Summer 2017


Lord Speaker Baroness Frances D’Souza

The newly commissioned portrait of Lord Speaker Baroness D’Souza was unveiled at a reception in the historic ‘River Room’ in the House of Lords on 6 July, 2016. This is Paul’s third portrait commissioned by the Parliamentary Art Collection. The new work will be on display in the Royal gallery for the duration of the summer.


Baroness Frances D'Souza 1, 2016. 102 x 92 cm [40 x 36 in]. Oil on Canvas
Houses of Parliament
Royal Gallery
Permanent Collection

Nelson Mandela at the Rhodes House

Paul Benney’s post posthumous portrait of Nelson Mandela was unveiled at the Rhodes House in Oxfordshire on June 13th. The new work is on permanent display there and can be seen year round.

Nelson Mandela, 2016. 90 x 90 cm. Oil on Canvas. Rhodes House.  - FInal

Rhodes House
Oxford, OX1 3RG
Permanent Collection


Dystopian Dream

Dystopian Dream

Paul Benney’s portrait of Nitin Sawhney is featured on the cover of his new album ‘Dystopian Dream’ as well as during his live performance.

More information about the new album and upcoming shows can be found by clicking on the links below:

Dystopian Dream

Nitin Sawhney’s Upcoming Performances 


Dystopian Dream Live

Speaking In Tongues : Sound Installation

Paul Benney and Benney Studios are happy to announce the installation of a the new sound component that now accompanies ‘Speaking in Tongues’ in Chichester Cathedral.

A short clip of the ‘Sound Wash’ that accompanies the work can he heard below:


Face Value

Face Value


Paul Benney will be showing work at the Collyer Bristow Gallery this Summer in Face Value at the Collyer Bristow Gallery.

Face Value, is curated by Kathleen Soriano and sees her undertake a consideration of contemporary portraiture through the work of 27 emerging and established artists, covering a broad range of media from porcelain to thread, from oils to ink, from etching to photography.  Kathleen Soriano spent 18 years of her career as Director of Exhibitions & Collections at the National Portrait Gallery, running the BP Portrait Award for the majority of that time, and is now one of the judges on SkyArts’ successful SkyArts Portrait Artist of the Year series.

Over forty works of art will be presented in an exhibition that celebrates those artists who continue to make portraiture central to their work but who also continue to push the boundaries of the genre.  Artists include Royal Academicians Eileen Cooper, Stephen Chambers and Anthony Green, as well as BP Portrait Award finalists such as Tai Shan Schierenberg, Paul Benney, Ishbel Myerscough and Andrew Tift, plus celebrated contemporary artists like Chris Levine, Annie Kevans, Liz Rideal, Sam Faulkner, Mariele Neudecker, Bouke de Vries and a number of finalists from SkyArts Portrait Artist of the Year.  The exhibition opens on 16 June 2016 and will be on show until 4 October 2016.

In The End We Are All Alone

Dying Slave, 2016.

Curated by Jason Colcin-Carter and Becca Pelly, ‘In The End We Are All Alone’ brings together a number of artists that will explore the nature of humanity and the eternal search of meaning in our daily lives.

The show is being held at the Griffin Galley  and runs from 17 March – 22 April 2016.


“Like musical prodigies, these artists have been chosen for their capacity to reinterpret traditional mediums and techniques in unexpected ways: Paul Benney, Bartholomew Beal, Jimin Chea, Guillemette Monchy, Dorte Kloppenborg Scrummager and Guy Hadden Grant. An international collective that screams zeitgeist, brought together by a visionary art agency with Colchin-Carter at the helm who, like Simco (Stefan Simchowitz) in the US, is changing the status quo and giving collectors access to some of the brightest rising stars of this generation.

“I see the resurgence of traditional skills like drawing, painting and sculpting as a reaction to the YBA’s turning 50. They are now BA’s and still very relevant, but artists like Beal or Jimin seem to really strike a chord with collectors looking for something new, where the hand of the artist is really palpable,” says Colchin-Carter.

It is a welcome tonic to the mechanical and deliberately impersonal Postmodernism that dominated the turn of the century in contemporary galleries and museums.”

Speaking In Tongues : Chichester Cathedral

‘SPEAKING IN TONGUES’ is currently on view in CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL’s North Transept until Wednesday May 18th, 2016. For information on attending a private reception onApril 1st 2016 please contact the studio directly. [ info@benneystudios.com ].

PO19 1PX
MARCH 11- MAY 18, 2016.
Open Daily with Free Entry

Marylebone Parish Chruch : Crucifixion

2015. 167 x 180 cm. 66 x 71 in. Oil on Canvas.


PAUL BENNEY’s ‘Crucifixion’ work is now on view at Marylebone Parish Church and will be on view until May 12th, 2016.

17 Marylebone Rd,
London NW1 5LT
FEBRUARY 8 – MAY 16, 2016.
Open Daily with Free Entry

The Weakening

This Joint show will feature new silver giclee prints from Paul Benney in collaboration with Jamie Foale [Foale & Sons].

All works are editions of 25.

You can place your order with the studio directly



The work of





will also be on view.

The Weakening PV Invite

Hempstead House

Parts of the AutoAsphyxiation series were recently on view at ‘The Friends of The Sands Point Reserve’ charity function hosted by Iris Apfel to help save the Historical Hempstead House.

We hope the function was a great success.

Hempstead House

Welcome Back

The Dorian Grey Gallery was happy to host tea for Patrick Macdonald

amidst the works for Paul Benney and Louis Renzoni.

Welcome Back

More coverage of the event can be found


Behind the Silence opening at the Serena Morton Gallery

Thank you to all who attended the opening of the ‘Behind the Silence’, a joint show with Simon Edmondson at the Serena Morton Gallery.

Please contact the gallery or the studio for a list of available works.


Behind the Silence opening at the Serena Morton Gallery

Ecliptic Opening at The Dorian Grey Gallery

Thank you to all who came to the opening of ‘Ecliptic’ at the Dorian Grey Gallery.

The AutoAsphyxiation and Dark Mirror series were are great success.

Both series are available through the Dorian Grey Gallery and the studio.

  Please contact doriangreygallery@gmail.com

or nick@benneystudios.com for a list of available works.

Ecliptic Opening at The Dorian Grey Gallery

REMINDER : ECLIPTIC : OCTOBER 8 : NYC : 437 E 9th St : 6-9PM

New York, USA.
Opening: Thursday, October 8, 2015.  6 – 9 PM
Show Runs October 8 – November 15
Dorian Grey Gallery
437 E9th St, New York.
RSVP: doriangreygallery@gmail.com
Ecliptic - Reminder

Save The Date : Behind The Silence : 4 November 2015

‘Behind the Silence’
London, UK.
Opening Wednesday, November 4, 2015. 6 – 8 PM.
Show Runs : November 4 – November 27
Serena Morton Gallery
343 Ladbroke Grove
London W10 6HA
RSVP: nick@benneystudios.com

Save The Date

INVITED : 22 July 2015 – 19 September 2015

Paul Benney joins, Fair & Co and Seth Stein Architects to merge art and architecture in a rotating art space curated by Philly Adams and Flora Fairbairn. Paul Benney’s ‘Crucifixion’ is one of the works to be featured in this exciting new exhibition.

The Show will be open  Wednesday – Saturday 12-6PM from 22 July 2015 – 19 September 2015 and take place at 9 Hillgate Street, London W8 7SP.

Please contact the studio if you would like to attend the private viewing or arrange a visit.

Crucifixion, 2015. 66 x 71 in. Oil on Canvas.

Crucifixion, 2015. 66 x 71 in. Oil on Canvas.

Nitin Sawhney – Dystopian Dream

Continuing the collaboration between Paul Benney and Nitin Sawhney, Paul’s portrait of Nitin will be the cover of ‘Dystopian Dream’, the forthcoming album due out later this year.

More information about the release can be found below as well as Paul and Nitin’s musical collaboration.

Dystopian Dream 

Modern Times  – A Paul Benney and Nitin Sawhney Musical Collaboration.

 2013. 91.5 x 61 cm.  Oil on Canvas. Private Collection.

2013. 91.5 x 61 cm. Oil on Canvas. Private Collection.


Koestler Trust Awards

Paul Benney is delighted to have participated in judging this years Koestler Trust Awards. The awards recognise distinguished artwork from several different genres submitted by inmates from HM prisons throughout the United Kingdom.

The selected work will be on exhibition at the Southbank Centre in October of this year

This years judges included Gavin Graham, Linda Heathcote Amory, Carol Wates, Chris Ingram and have included Grayson Perry, Sara Lucas in the past.

More information can be found at the links below.

Koestler Trust Awards

PostsKoestler Trust Judges 


Judging the Koestler Trust Awards, June 2015.

UPCOMING: Dorian Grey Gallery, New York October 2015.

Paul Benney will be travelling to New York and showing at Dorian Grey Gallery in October, 2015 with fellow artist Louis Renzoni. Their work will focus on the theme of ‘Illumination’ and will mark his return to New York City after a long hiatus. Please contact the studio for more information or to arrange a viewing.

More information about the Dorian Grey Gallery and Louis Renzoni can be found below:

Dorian Grey Gallery

Louis Renzoni 

UPCOMING: Paul Benney and Simon Edmondson at Serena Morton Gallery

Paul Benney and Simon Edmondson will be collaborating for an upcoming show at the Serena Morton Gallery in Notting Hill. Both artists will be showing new work that can be seen as oblique homages to the films and writings of Andrey Tarkovsky.  The exhibition is scheduled to open on November 4, 2015 and will continue for the month. Please contact the studio if you would like more details or to be considered for a private viewing.

More information about Simon Edmondson and Serena Morton can be found below:

Serena Morton 
Simon Edmondson

The Last of the Tide : Portraits of the D-Day Veterans

Paul Benney is proud to have contributed to the exhibition ‘Last of the Tide’, a collection of 12 portraits of selected D-Day veterans by 12 different portraits. Benney’s portrait of former captain of the 1st Battalion and Anti-Tank Commander Brian Stewart is one of the twelve portraits commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales to pay tribute to some of the extraordinary men that played a role in the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944. All twelve of the veterans chosen for the commissions served in regiments with which The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have a formal affiliation. Thank you to the Royal Collection Trust and the generous patrons for their vision and commitment in celebrating these distinguished veterans.

The Portraits comprising the ‘Last of the Tide’ exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery will remain in situ until the beginning of November.  [Please note that the room in which the portraits are displayed may be closed on certain days. ] In January 2016 the exhibition will travel to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where the portraits will on display until April, 2016.


More details can be found at the links below:

Last of the Tide : Portraits of the D-Day Veterans

The Guardian Review


Royal Collection Opening June 5 2015

WINTER : A Heidi Greensmith film


Congratulations to the team behind the film ‘Winter’ which features many of Paul Benney’s recent ‘Night Painting’ series. The film received 7 New York City International Film Festival nominations and won four of the top awards including Best Drama Film, Best International Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Original Score.

Please look out for this film and Paul Benney’s ‘Night Paintings’ on screen when ‘Winter’ is in wider release later on this year.

More information can be found at the links below:






Unveiling of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and ‘Estimate’

The two portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her horse, Gold Cup winner ‘Estimate’, were recently unveiled at the Jockey Club in Newmarket. I was a privilege to spend some time with Her Majesty while I was working on this commission.


Paul Benney with HM Queen Elizabeth II

Paul Benney with HM Queen Elizabeth II

2015. 96 x 122 cm. Oil on Canvas. The Jockey Club.

2015. 96 x 122 cm. Oil on Canvas. The Jockey Club.


Stations of The Cross at Marylebone Parish Church

Paul Benney’s work ‘Speaking in Tongues’ will be at Marylebone Parish Church as part of the ‘Stations of the Cross’. Curated by Ben Moore, ‘Stations of The Cross’  presents an exhibition of 20 artists representations of the Passion of Christ at London’s St. Marylebone’s Parish Church in support of the Missing Tom Fund.

Also in the exhibit is Paul Benney’s work ‘St. Jude Thaddeus’ from the 12 Apostle series.

While the show ends on March 17th, ‘Speaking in Tongues’ will be on display through May, 2015.

St. Marylebone Parish Church
Marylebone Road,
London, NW1 5LT