James Behan is a dual citizen of Ireland and the United States. He lives and works in Dallas, Texas, where he earned an MFA in painting from Southern Methodist University. As a pupil to Bill Komodore, he is part of the artist lineage of Hans Hoffman and Mark Rothko.
Behan is currently working as Professor of Art for Mountain View College, Dallas, Texas, teaching drawing and art appreciation.
My paintings and installation work begin with surface; it is the point of departure. All of my surfaces reference the human need to build permanence, such as wood paneling, decorative fabric, furniture, and books. They contain within themselves the striving of our species to be better, smarter.
On these surfaces a variety of materials play out with intention and accident: oil, acrylic, graphite, marker, tar, photographs, and objects. I engage these materials, constructing and deconstructing until each work is spent.
My constant reflection while engaging my work is on the instability of being in the here-now, how life flows gently and terribly, like a calm stream or turbulent river, without warning or regret. What is left behind is the visual residue of processed desire.
My photography begins with the story; it is the point of departure. The residue of visual information from popular culture is utilized to inform the presence of each image as well as the suggestion of narrative. Cell phone photos are enhanced, manipulated and combined to tell a story, with color to suggest the emotions portrayed.
For more information and to request a copy of my curriculum vitae, please email me at the address listed below.