About John Behnke John Behnke is one of Project Onward’s youngest artists, but his paintings of richly imagined dream worlds are the confident work of a master. Working with acrylic on canvas, John uses tiny dots and swirling patterns in dazzling colors to create pictorial narratives of his own invention. Each painting tells a complex story, drawing upon fairy tales, science fiction, romance, environmental decay, and the artist’s own vivid imagination. John Behnke joined Project Onward in 2011 and currently lives in Chicago’s Oriole Park neighborhood.