Denita Benyshek

Paintings by Denita Benyshek

"Born of Czech immigrants in Kansas, I inherited the farmers' close relationship with nature along with their animistic beliefs."

Denita Benyshek's perception of reality is richly layered. Magic, fantasy, visions, and dreams are seamlessly interwoven with nonlinear time and the reverie of discontinuous space. All is inspired by a belief in the transcendent power of beauty. These layers of reality and meaning are echoed in her choice of media: reversed-painted and engraved glass, collage, and mirrors.

In reverse painting, Benyshek lays a sheet of glass facedown on a table and paints its back, detailing first those features that will appear closest. As glass magnifies the physical distance between paint glazes, colors acquire a jewel-like brilliance.

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