Painting by Benjamin Klemencic

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“The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenalin but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.”Glenn Gould

“Seeko’o” · 2016 · Acrylic on Canvas · 27.6 x 39.4 in

The trigger to paint this picture was a hot, stressful day when I was longing for cooling and calm. “Art means not knowing that the world already exists, and making one. (Rainer Maria Rilke) While painting, I remembered the impressive photos…
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“Meadowy Countryside in Spring” · 2017 · Acrylic on Canvas · 27.6 x 39.4 in

“In those vernal seasons of the year, when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against Nature not to go out, and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth.” – John Milton…
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“Chameleon” · 2017 · Acrylic and Ink on Canvas · 7.8 × 11.8 in

“Watch it!” I stop abruptly and look at him questioningly. “There! Just right infront of you!” and points to the lush green of the meadow. Crouching, I let one of the many tiny chameleons crawl around me on my finger….
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“Living Cliff” · 2017 · Acrylic on Canvas · 27.6 x 39.4 in

Land becomes sea. Sea becomes sky. And the most transient form of land by the sea is called living cliff. My intention was to present this as a pleasing color composition. Thus everything that takes place in sea and sky…
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“Immortality I” · 2017 · Acrylic on Canvas · 27.6 x 39.4 in

Did you know that there is an animal that never dies? It is immortal. It is very small and tiny and looks quite cute. His name is Turritopsis dohrnii. Scientists say: Turritopsis dohrnii is an immortal jellyfish. That isn’t hyperbole…
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“Crush in Blue” · 2016 · Acrylic and Ink on Canvas · 19.7 x 15.7 in

Is she crying? No. She is giggling. “A laughter is nothing else but the summer lightening joy of a soul, a flashing light to the outside just the way it shines inside.” (Dante) If you like, you can just as well…
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“Private Island I” · 2017 · Acrylic on Canvas · 27.6 x 39.4 in

This is the satellite view from 26,000 feet above.

“Dreamt of you, again.” · 2017 · Acrylic on Canvas · 27.6 × 39.4 in

There is a matching lid for each pot. (German for “Every Jack has his Jill.”) This is to comfort singles. But it does not. It only needs one pot to chose the wrong lip and the calculation does not hold….
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“Bridge. No troubled water” · 2015 · Acrylic on Canvas · 39.4 x 27.6 in

This is my very first painting on canvas. Previously, I had used fiber-board, cardboard or glass plate as a base for my acrylic painting. Thanks to the surface structure and absorbency of the fabric, canvas gives me even more exciting…
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“The mission of art is not to copy nature, but to express it.”Honoré de Balzac

“Mehr Meer” · 2016 · Acrylic on Canvas · 27.6 x 39.4 in

Sometimes the title is clear to me before I start to paint, like here. The nice thought “All in all, one is sitting far too little at the seaside”(translated from German) swam into my virtual net. Now it is placed…
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“The Ferryman” · 2017 · Acrylic on Canvas · 27.6 × 39.4 in

You should never pay the Ferryman before he has brought you to the other side, as Chris de Burgh sang. Can you imagine that I was afraid of his song as a child? I did not know where he brings…
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“Lorelei” · 2016 · Mixed Media on Canvas · 27.6 x 39.4 in

The Lorelei is a rock on the bank of the River Rhine in Germany and added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The rock and the murmur it creates have inspired various tales. Heinrich Heine’s famous poem describes…
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“Painting is arriving at a different place.”Franz Marc

“Petit rêve” · 2016 · Acrylic and Ink on Canvas · 15.7 x 19.7 in

“The dream is a bulwark against the regularity and commonness of life, a free recreation of the fettered phantasy, in which it mixes together all the pictures of life and interrupts the continued earnestness of grown-up men with a joyous…
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“Nude in the Pool” · 2017 · Acrylic and Ink on Canvas · 7.8 × 11.8 in

In azure blue the girl draws a circle. She fades. Dives. Just a moment of tingling eroticism as our eyes met so close. The technique I have applied here I recently discovered by chance. I would be surprised if I…
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“How far do the whales have to dive and hold their breath to get to the other side of the island?” · 2016 · Acrylic on Canvas · 27.6 x 39.4 in

I was just about to paint a Kingfisher as an abstract painting when I had to take a break. I didn’t like what I’ve done to this canvas. I switched over to Facebook, glanced over my timeline and read a comment…
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“What” · 2016 · Acrylic and Marker on Canvas · 27.6 x 39.4 in

Some years ago I had the great opportunity to travel to Kenya *) and also to spend a few days in the Masai Mara. A few meters from the foot of my bed away giraffes ran past and in the…
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“Art means not knowing that the world is already, and making one.”Rainer Maria Rilke

“Sommer in der Stadt >42°C” · 2015 · Acrylic on Canvas · 39.4 x 27.6 in

The Greek philosopher Diogenes of Sinope is said to have lived in a bathtub. I can imagine this very well. Actually summer is a very nice season – but not in this city. Here, urban planners have either not recognized…
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“Alien’s Facepalm” · 2016 · Acrylic on Canvas · 39.4 x 27.6 in

Three years ago the American astrophysicist, cosmologist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson has tweeted: “Aliens might be surprised to learn that in a cosmos with limitless starlight, humans kill for energy sources buried in the sand.” And long before that,…
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“From Soup to Nuts” · 1996 · Acrylic on Fiberboard · 43.3 x 70.9 in

Sometimes an artist has to resort to unusual materials. Be it for necessity or for pleasure. Thus back then at the student residence I had realized that a built-in wardrobe does not necessarily require a back wall, and simply repurposed…
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“There is no abstract art. One must always begin with something. Afterwards one can remove all semblance of reality; there is no longer any danger as the idea of the object has left an indelible imprint. It is the object which aroused the artist, stimulated his ideas and set of his emotions.”Pablo Picasso

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