Behrens, Reinhard RGI

Elected to RSW 1994

Artists Statement

For the last 40 years I have developed my artistic concept of "Naboland", based on the chance find of a toy submarine and a Turkish newspaper article, and given it materialisation in the form of prints, drawings and installations that humerously reflect earlier times of exploration and discovery. For the last 6 years I have been working on a hand drawn animation ("Naboland News") that will be final proof for the existance of "Naboland".


1971- 1979 Hamburg College of Art Germany
1980 German Academic Exchange Award (DAAD) to study at ECA
1989 - 1992 President of Society of Scottish Artists
1994 Elected Professional of Aberdeen Artists and RSW.
Since 1995 Lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.
Visiting Lecturer at Leith School of Art, Glasgow School of Art and Grays School of Art, Aberdeen.
Since 2006 work on animation film "Naboland News" leading to reduced participation in exhibitions.


Individual Artist Grant (Creative Scotland) 2010
Noble Grossart Painting Prize 1998
Scottish Arts Council Major Bursary 1987
Educational Institute of Scotland Award 1986
Andrew Grant Major Award, Edinburgh College of Art 1980

Selected Exhibitions

2012 - The Library Space, Battersea, London (Group)
2008 - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh (Solo)
2006 - Marischal Museum, University of Aberdeen (Solo)
2006 - Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland (Solo)
2004 - McManus Galleries, Dundee (Group)
2003 - Shire Pottery Gallery, Alnwick (Group)
1999 - Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow (Solo)
1998 - Iwate Arts Festival, Japan (Group)
1998 - "SSA in the USA" Touring group exhibition. New Jersey, New Orleans, New York City, Ohio and North Dakota USA
1997 - Nobleboro, Maine USA (Group)
1996 - Campo Santo Chapel, Ghent Belgium (Solo)

Public Collections

The Scottish Arts Concil
BBC Scotland
Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow
Aberdeen Art Gallery
McManus Art Galleries, Dundee
City Arts Centre
Paintings in Hospitals
Educational Institute in Scotland

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