DAVID BENFORADO

Selected Artworks 2018 – 2021

 

Something in the Wind: 220 x 170 cm, oil on linen, 2020-2021

Returning: 139 x 139 cm, oil on canvas, 2015-2021

 

Day: 200 x 250 cm, oil on linen, 2019

 

Lotus: 200 x 200 cm, oil on linen, 2019

Vicious: 220 x 170cm, oil on linen, 2019-2020

 

Grunewald: 220 x 170 cm, oil on linen, 2018 – 2019

 

Explosion (the Atom); 180 x 180 cm, oil on linen, 2019-2020

 

Mother of God: 175 x 135 cm, oil on linen, 2019

 

Ultrasound: 180 x 180 cm, oil on linen, 2019 – 2020

 

Nightscape II: 150 x 150 cm, oil on linen, 2018

 

Red V: 150 x 150cm, oil on linen, 2019

 

Photos: def image & studio Vaharidis

 

 

The theorist of theatre studies and art critic Eleni Varopoulou comments thus on Benforado’s work:

…In the works of Benforado, non-figurative, abstract expressionism invites the viewers to take a more active role; it requires them to get mentally involved in the creative process and its riddles. Thanks to the colour events they include, the paintings hold the gaze, and invite it to discover what lies hidden in abstract expression. How it is that ultimately one form penetrates or interferes with another. How the most superficial plane converses with a deeper one. Moving the gaze across the canvas leads to a strong, disarming experience of the senses, and becomes a charming intellectual exercise. The chromatic universe created by the artist comes across as an invented image, where the mystical element merges with the rational and where the spontaneous painting gesture, caught between sound and silence, neither instantaneous nor absolute, is in dialogue with a conscious morphoplastic process. The relationship between the monochrome and the colourful, the idea of liquidity and suspension, the trace of the free gesture in conflict with the phantasm of discipline are some of the issues identified in the restless stream of chromaticity that flows in Benforado’s paintings…