Artist: Roy R. Behrens
Biographical note. Roy R. Behrens is a writer, artist, and designer who has taught graphic design, illustration, and design history since 1972 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and the University of Northern Iowa, where he was a Distinguished Scholar, and retired in 2018.
He was associated with Ballast Quarterly Review for many years, a “periodical commonplace book” founded in 1985; the North American Review; Leonardo: International Journal of the Arts, Sciences, and Technology (MIT Press); Gestalt Theory; Print Magazine; and other publications. He has contributed several hundred essays to these and other periodicals, including Lotus Internationale, Revista de Occidente, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, Tate Etc., and Design Observer (online).
As an artist-designer, he’s illustrated books, short stories, poems, and other works by well-known authors as Jerzy Kosinski, Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, and Guy Davenport. Described by Communication Arts magazine as “one of the most original thinkers in design,” he was a nominee for the prestigious National Design Awards in 2003.
Among his recent books are False Colors: Art, Design and Modern Camouflage (2002); Cook Book: Gertrude Stein, William Cook, and Le Corbusier (2005); and Camoupedia: A Compendium of Research on Art, Architecture, and Camouflage (2009).
Object. Barbarian Seville is an indigenous montage digital print by Roy R. Behrens. His primary field of study is camouflage and is present within the composition. Objects were a gift from the artist in 2012.