22250 GBP / In stock.
Silver Giclee
 , 200x300 cm (each panel 50x60cm)
Edition 1 of 3 
£22,250 inc VAT

'Speaking in Tongues' is one of Paul Benney’s most ambitious works to date. This Limited Edition Silver Giclee print of the original work depicts the 12 apostles in the Pentecostal state and comprises of 20 individual panels to form a 200 x 300 cm composite work. The diverse ages, races, and faiths of the figures in ‘Speaking in Tongues’ underline the potential for inclusivity and cross-cultural engagement. In this work Benney seeks to demonstrate that a singular piece of art can elucidate the need for an understanding between disparate ideologies to engage in a shared spiritual dialogue.

Benney's work employs macabre and theatrical surrealism to reflect on the irrational relationship between belief systems and the authenticity of images.  Here he also offers an alternative depiction of modernism that mines the intersection of technological advancements and phantasmagorical phenomena over the last two centuries. Speaking in Tongues  is an immersive experience relating to estactic revelation, stage magic, spirit photography, pseudoscience, telekinesis, and other manifestations of the paranormal. Drawing together social, spiritual, and empirical histories to comment on the virtual image/experience

PAUL BENNEY has for the past three decades produced a distinctive and singular body of work in both the U.S. and U.K.. Public and Private collections around the world include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Gallery, Australia, The National Portrait Gallery, London, as well as prominent corporate collections such as the Eli Broad Foundation, AIG Houston and Standard Life, UK. Benney has twice won the public choice award in the BP Portrait Award. In 2013 he was invited to be one of the judges for the Threadneedle prize at the Mall Galleries. A key member of the Neo-Expressionist group of the early 80’s in New York’s East Village, he became known for his depictions of stygian themes and dark nights of the soul. Also one of the country’s leading portrait artists, he has painted many prominent cultural and political figures. Today Benney continues to explore the personal and mystical themes that have occupied him throughout his career, engaging with a wide range of media including painting sculpture and music.