Reinhard Behrens

+44 (0)1382 385250


Born 14.11.1951 in Germany. Studied Drawing and Painting at Hamburg College of Art 1971 - 1979, Vienna Academy of Art (1979 German Academic Exchange Grant (DAAD) for Postgraduate Course in Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art. Between 1982 and 1986 Part Time Lecturer at Edinburgh College of art, Glasgow School of Art and Grays School of Art. Since 1995 Lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (Printmaking and Life Drawing).

Professional member of various  Scottish artists' groups and President of the Society of Scottish Artists from 1989 to 1992.

Since 1975 research into the existence of "Naboland", an artistic concept that is based on found objects, art historical references and the associative contribution of my audience. "Naboland" manifests itself in drawings, paintings, prints and installations. The recent development is the creation of a "documentary" that will provide final proof for the existence of Naboland.

The areas of Naboland explored so far are:

  • Naboland - The North
  • Naboland - Across the Desert
  • Naboland - The Last Yeti
  • Naboland - The Italian Visits
  • Naboland - A Flemish Excursion
  • Naboland - The Viking Connection

Research Projects

"Burns - Out Of His Box"
Commissioned Touring Installation (StAnza, Scotland's Poetry Festival)
Scottish Arts Council £10.000
Collaborator: John Glenday, poet

Research Content: Through the emulation of illustrative styles of the late 18th Century to imply an authenticity about the (the poet Robert Burns) that gets undermined by the ironic content.

"Naboland - The Viking Connection"

Commissioned Exhibition for Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
Scottish Arts Council Travel Grant  £700
30th September to 22nd October 2006
Research Content: In order to achieve a genuine curatorial impact, stylistic quotations of past cultural expressions are created and presented to generate the appearance of a minor Scandinavian anthropological collection