Reinhard Behrens


Born 1951 in Germany.

1971 to 1978 Fine Art studies at Hamburg College of Art. 1979 German Academic Exchange Grant for Post Graduate Studies at Edinburgh College of Art.

1989 to 1991 President of Society of Scottish Artists. Since 1995 Lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee.


Solo Exhibitions in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Brussels, Ghent, Frankfurt, Orkney, Shetland, Dundee, Air, Stirling and group exhibitions in Hamburg, Bradford, Canada, New York, London, Arnheim, Amsterdam, Japan and United States.


Awards from Edinburgh College of Art, Educational Institute of Scotland, IBM, Scottish Arts Council, Noble Grossart Painting Prize, Paisley Drawing Biennale and Creative Scotland.





I came across the word “Naboland” when I was working as an archaeological draughtsman in Pergamon, West Turkey, in 1975.


A Turkish newspaper reported the collision between a submarine and a cargo ship named NABOLAND. The pictured submarine reminded me of a little toy submarine that I had found on the German North Sea coast the previous year. The combination of this found object and the word NABOLAND inspired me to let the toy torpedo boat explore regions of NABOLAND in years to come.


For the last 40 years evidence for the existence of  NABOLAND has materialised in etchings, drawings, paintings and installations and continues to be generated by found objects, images of real and imagined travels, visual references to art history and associations by anyone who comes across its manifestations.


For the last few years I have been working on the production of a short animation film, “NABOLAND NEWS” that will, in it’s Pathe newsreel style, give final proof of the existence of NABOLAND