© Copyright Romi Behrens 2012
Larry Berryman wrote: “In her recent portraits Romi risks everything but the sitter.
The brushwork takes hairpin bends, survives dangerous spills of colour and the race
quickens with every glimpse of her quarry. Romi has come a long way since the early
landscapes with their slow handling when the stirrings of a sense of colour were
still sleepy. There is a grave beauty in those modest pictures of barns and the
sea, silent and sullen under grey sky. Some access of confidence has released intuition
and attack. A triple portrait of three teenagers sitting jammed together uses an
appropriately restless opposition of orange and jeans blue; recognizes the physical
The line drawings are similarly unguarded and penetrating. A moment’s shorthand achieves the animation of a woman in conversation, or the mysteriously direct gaze of a boy. Much of Romi’s painting is haphazard, never calculating or glib. Its strength is a combination of empathy and decision sometimes catching at the rigor of a Matisse portrait, other times callapsing into the unpicked knitting of a loose Kokoschka”.
2010 – Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro -
2014 - Penwith Gallery St Ives: Click here to see artwork
Name: Eli Eban
Size: 24 x 17
Size: 60 x 48