The Best Man

Riel Benn’s alter-ego

The Romantic Failure

30″ x 40″, Acrylic on canvas, 2003      (Collection of the Artist) When bad luck and bad relationships leave an artist feeling battered and bruised, it is no surprise to find his alter ego portrayed as fragmented and shattered. In “The

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The Romantic Failure

30″ x 40″, Acrylic on canvas, 2003      (Collection of the Artist) When bad luck and bad relationships leave an artist feeling battered and bruised, it is no surprise to find his alter ego portrayed as fragmented and shattered. In “The

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The Tiny Surprisal

36″ x 48″, Acrylic on canvas, 2002 (Collection of the Artist) On the tiles of this flying checker board floor, The Best Man celebrates the birth of his niece “Raven.” Baby Raven pops out of her purple Uncle’s top hat

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The Tiny Surprisal

36″ x 48″, Acrylic on canvas, 2002 (Collection of the Artist) On the tiles of this flying checker board floor, The Best Man celebrates the birth of his niece “Raven.” Baby Raven pops out of her purple Uncle’s top hat

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Wrath of the Roses

32″ x 54″, Acrylic on canvas, 1998      (Collection of the Artist) So how bad were the relationships that led the artist to opt out of the dating game? A clue can be found in the painting “Wrath of the Roses”,

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Wrath of the Roses

32″ x 54″, Acrylic on canvas, 1998      (Collection of the Artist) So how bad were the relationships that led the artist to opt out of the dating game? A clue can be found in the painting “Wrath of the Roses”,

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Sweeping the Witch

 20″ x 30″, Acrylic on canvas, 1999 (collection of the artist) A great many times a certain woman would try to put a spell on me with her beauty. But then I remembered, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou

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Sweeping the Witch

 20″ x 30″, Acrylic on canvas, 1999 (collection of the artist) A great many times a certain woman would try to put a spell on me with her beauty. But then I remembered, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou

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Single Purpose

 24″ x 30″, Acrylic on canvas, 1996 This was the runner that would become part of The Best Man’s world. He can be seen running in many of The Best Man paintings. It’s a self-portrait of the teenage Riel Benn

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Single Purpose

 24″ x 30″, Acrylic on canvas, 1996 This was the runner that would become part of The Best Man’s world. He can be seen running in many of The Best Man paintings. It’s a self-portrait of the teenage Riel Benn

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The Raining Bedroom

24″ x 30″, Acrylic on canvas, 1996 This painting was inspired by the song “Plush” by my favourite rock group, Stone Temple Pilots. In the song there`s a piece where the lead singer sings, “Is it raining in your bedroom?”

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The Raining Bedroom

24″ x 30″, Acrylic on canvas, 1996 This painting was inspired by the song “Plush” by my favourite rock group, Stone Temple Pilots. In the song there`s a piece where the lead singer sings, “Is it raining in your bedroom?”

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The Best Man

24″X 36″, Acrylic on canvas, (Collection of the Artist)1997       (Collection of the Artist) The earliest Best Man paintings reflect a critical dis-enchantment with the mainstream cultural constuction of romance and idealized relationships. This is not a theme addressed by many other

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The Best Man

24″X 36″, Acrylic on canvas, (Collection of the Artist)1997       (Collection of the Artist) The earliest Best Man paintings reflect a critical dis-enchantment with the mainstream cultural constuction of romance and idealized relationships. This is not a theme addressed by many other

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