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Howard Chesner Behrens has an interest in art that dates
back to his childhood when he turned to painting to fill the
hours in bed convalescing from a broken leg. Born in 1933
in Chicago, Behrens was raised in a suburb of Washington DC.
After a stint in the military he attended junior college
where encouragement from a professor led him to explore the
field of medical art.
After obtaining a BA from the University of Maryland, he
entered the Medical Arts School of John Hopkins University
in Baltimore. Although the highly technical demands of
medical art were good discipline for him, he found that this
type of illustration did not lie in his heart. He returned
to University of Maryland where he obtained a Masters Degree
in painting and sculpture.
Behrens was employed by the US Government Printing Office in
Washington DC from 1964-1981 serving as their chief artist
for over 10 years. He experimented with many techniques of
painting but adopted his powerful paette knife style in
"Before I rarely painted with the palette knife possibly due
to the difficulty in control and my affinity for the
representational. I had been mixing paints more and more
with the palett knife and began to realize the true value in
using it in place of the brush."
Howard Behrens is known for his palette knife style
landscapes of his many and varied travels. He rarely
includes figuratives in his works allowing the scenes to
remain the highlight of his imagery.
Central Galleries mourns the passing of artist Howard
Behrens on April 14,2014.
We have been representing and selling his artwork since