Benichou leaves a lasting impression. He finds meaning in the risk and challenge of the unconventional, always evolving and inviting
us to share in his never-ending journey. He takes us on an artistic odyssey making the unknown known and the invisible visible.
Great work. The colors are extraordinary and many of the images striking. I wish you continued success.
You create absolute beauty. There is a positive energy that I feel when viewing your work. I believe there could be no better reason to start something then based on a spiritual quest; you've delved down into your soul to find it's inspiration and passion encompassing your true self and have expressed that on canvas. Some of the paintings look as though they are from some distant world or cosmos. Wow - you have a wonderful gift!
Your paintings are delightful; the body of work cohesive, visually exciting and conceptually compelling.
Your work is exquisite! The movement, grace, and style, along with your delicious palette… they just dance across my eyes!
Your images and biographical information were both quite intriguing. We appreciate the quality of your work and prior experiences.
You have wonderful work.
The work looks beautiful....so rich and the colors are wonderful. Congratulations! You are quite prolific!
Your Art is beautiful and expressive! Your paintings so full of LIFE and POWER.
We've been fascinated by your suggestive and powerful abstract art research where forms and colors create such a intense results like “Gourmet Composition.” We reckon your art will bring new and creative stimulations among this exhibition; your works reveal the power and brightness of colors, through the different effects of forms, the textures, the pictorial matter, the magnetic energy from the pictorial sign which spring from the canvas.
Your work demonstrates many fine qualities and strengths.
Very accomplished and well executed.
The work is very exhilarating.
Philippe Benichou started his painting career in Topanga, CA. Benichou is an accomplished fine artist. He continues a distinguished family lineage since his mother, Arlette Oger, and his uncle, Jean Oger, were established artists in France, and influenced Philippe’s creativity greatly. He further studied art in San Francisco with Francis Coelho. Exhibitions of his work have taken place worldwide including those at MOCA Museum of Computer Art in New York and his work is shown at the Johnson Art Collection, Los Angeles, CA. His paintings are found in many public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe and he is the recipient of several awards and prizes for his artistic merit.
His former career was in showbusiness. He is an internationally known actor, director and acting coach for film, as well as an "honorary member" of the New York Actors Studio. A graduate of HB Studio and New York University, he is the founder of the Hollywood Actors Studio in California and a highly respected figure within the performing arts field.
Benichou’s work is best described as an exuberant combination of abstract expressionism (“You” previous slide) and the non-representational color field (“Concerto in Abstract Minor” on the left). His brush strokes are unencumbered and free reminiscent of the gestural paintings of Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock.
Through the use of impasto and mixed media he adds a rich textural quality that matches that of Clyfford Still. But the overall emphasis is on color with its intellectual and emotional ramifications and bold sense of exploration and discovery in his enigmatic compositions.
Line and shape contribute significantly to the overall harmonies and rhythms that pervade his canvases and give them a distinct lyrical, rhythmic quality. The themes and purposes of his art express the dual quality of the flamboyance of the theatrical with vivid color and curvilinear line and the mysteriousness of the metaphysical with rich texture and elaborate pattern.
His canvases reflect his visual search for new, cosmic explorations into his inner visions and emotions rather than words. This metaphysical search philosophically is visually expressed through a variety of materials and mediums alternating from palette knife to brush, acrylic, oil, pastel, tempera, gouache and watercolor incorporating gold, silver and bronze powders to create a rich, textured impasto – a virtual fireworks display of creative and exuberant energy.
Benichou leaves a lasting impression. He finds meaning in the risk and challenge of the unconventional always evolving and inviting us to share in his never-ending journey. He takes us on an artistic odyssey making the unknown known and the invisible visible.