The Best Man

Riel Benn’s alter-ego

Fanatic

24″ x 30″, Mixed media on paper, 2005     (Collection of the Artist) A person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm,  zeal, unbalanced or obsessive behavior. A person showing more than ordinary enthusiasm or support for a cause or belief, yes that

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Fanatic

24″ x 30″, Mixed media on paper, 2005     (Collection of the Artist) A person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm,  zeal, unbalanced or obsessive behavior. A person showing more than ordinary enthusiasm or support for a cause or belief, yes that

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Barbie Girl

36″ x 44″, Acrylic on canvas, 2005      (Collection of the Artist) In “Barbie Girl”, The Best Man appears in the guise of a master showman and consummate illusionist. Rather than dismembering his comely assistant, which is a familiar magic trick,

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Barbie Girl

36″ x 44″, Acrylic on canvas, 2005      (Collection of the Artist) In “Barbie Girl”, The Best Man appears in the guise of a master showman and consummate illusionist. Rather than dismembering his comely assistant, which is a familiar magic trick,

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The End

30″ x 40″, Acrylic on canvas, 2005     (Collection of the Artist) Riel has continued to explore tribal histories and present – day realities in this Beautiful cinematic piece. In “The End”, a painting-cum-movie poster, the artist addresses the cinematic construction

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The End

30″ x 40″, Acrylic on canvas, 2005     (Collection of the Artist) Riel has continued to explore tribal histories and present – day realities in this Beautiful cinematic piece. In “The End”, a painting-cum-movie poster, the artist addresses the cinematic construction

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Royal Flush

30″ x 40″, Acrylic on canvas, 2004      (Collection of the Artist) However, not all women have rushed to smother Riel with affection. In fact, some have serious reservations about his use of cartoon violence, and depictions of women in works

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Royal Flush

30″ x 40″, Acrylic on canvas, 2004      (Collection of the Artist) However, not all women have rushed to smother Riel with affection. In fact, some have serious reservations about his use of cartoon violence, and depictions of women in works

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Mr. Right

30″ x 40″, Acrylic on canvas, 2004      (Collection of the Artist) In “Mr.Right” Riel adapts the children’s nursery rhyme “Hey Diddle Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle” to further explore the myth of the perfect soulmate – in this case

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Mr. Right

30″ x 40″, Acrylic on canvas, 2004      (Collection of the Artist) In “Mr.Right” Riel adapts the children’s nursery rhyme “Hey Diddle Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle” to further explore the myth of the perfect soulmate – in this case

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Looks that Kill

40″ x 48″, Acrylic on canvas, 2004 (Collection of the Artist) With Greek architecture everywhere, this is the stage for the painting “Looks That Kill.” This painting is based on Everyman’s wandering eye. In the foreground you have The Best

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Looks that Kill

40″ x 48″, Acrylic on canvas, 2004 (Collection of the Artist) With Greek architecture everywhere, this is the stage for the painting “Looks That Kill.” This painting is based on Everyman’s wandering eye. In the foreground you have The Best

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Too Cool Queenie

36″ x 48″, Acrylic on canvas, 2004      (Collection of the Artist) Some viewers are not sure what to make of “Too Cool Queenie” either. It is a bizarre fusion of traditional tribal and contemporary urban imagery that is more than

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Too Cool Queenie

36″ x 48″, Acrylic on canvas, 2004      (Collection of the Artist) Some viewers are not sure what to make of “Too Cool Queenie” either. It is a bizarre fusion of traditional tribal and contemporary urban imagery that is more than

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Trippin on a Hole in a Paper Heart

36″ x 44″, Acrylic on canvas, 2004      (Collection of the Artist) “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart” is the title of another painting named for a song by the “Stone Temple Pilots”. Here, Riel reproduces some of the

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Trippin on a Hole in a Paper Heart

36″ x 44″, Acrylic on canvas, 2004      (Collection of the Artist) “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart” is the title of another painting named for a song by the “Stone Temple Pilots”. Here, Riel reproduces some of the

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The Puppeteer

30″ x 40″, Acrylic on canvas, 2004      (Collection of the Artist) Not only must the average young man compete for female attention with imaginary suitors from the past, he must also contend with men whose mythic proportions have been sculpted in

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The Puppeteer

30″ x 40″, Acrylic on canvas, 2004      (Collection of the Artist) Not only must the average young man compete for female attention with imaginary suitors from the past, he must also contend with men whose mythic proportions have been sculpted in

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Blind Date

36″ x 44″, Acrylic on canvas, 2003 (Collection of the Artist) “Blind Date” is a painting about over protective men, the sexes and race relations. One man is this way or that way. The Dog is really a man, a

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Blind Date

36″ x 44″, Acrylic on canvas, 2003 (Collection of the Artist) “Blind Date” is a painting about over protective men, the sexes and race relations. One man is this way or that way. The Dog is really a man, a

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The Three Legged Race

36″ x 48″, Acrylic on canvas, 2004       (Collection of the Artist) “The Three Legged Race” portrays an equally discouraging vision of marriage, played out on a colorful landscape lifted from the hollywood children’s classic “The Wizard of Oz”. While a

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The Three Legged Race

36″ x 48″, Acrylic on canvas, 2004       (Collection of the Artist) “The Three Legged Race” portrays an equally discouraging vision of marriage, played out on a colorful landscape lifted from the hollywood children’s classic “The Wizard of Oz”. While a

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Lady Picture Show

40″ x 48″, Acrylic on canvas, 2004      (Collection of the Artist) In “Lady Picture Show” Riel appropriates the title of a song, along with the sultry image of an exotic dancer, from a music video by the rock group “Stone

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Lady Picture Show

40″ x 48″, Acrylic on canvas, 2004      (Collection of the Artist) In “Lady Picture Show” Riel appropriates the title of a song, along with the sultry image of an exotic dancer, from a music video by the rock group “Stone

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