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Daan van Doorn studied at the Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam. His work has been seen in exhibitions in the Netherlands, London and Dubai. He was commissioned to paint Princess Beatrix, when Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, in 2000. Van Doorn’s work was previously selected for the BP Portrait Award 2011.
An Doorn shows the person behind the face: the depth of the person. His works characterize and represent a subtle psychological view of man. External and inner beauty merge on the canvas into an penetrating whole. The painted portrait is a valuable addition to the prevailing digital visual culture. A good portrait is not only a striking resemblance, but above all a great work of art that continues to captivate thanks to composition and use of color. Daan van Doorn has developed his own expression within figurative painting. He uses natural pigments and earth tones.
Through the layers you can see how his paintings came about. The chalk sketch and the underpainting remain visible. The distinctive style of Daan van Doorn has led to assignments at home and abroad. Both collectors of modern and classical art appreciate his work. Crown at his work is the painting of H.M. Queen Beatrix and Prime Minister Balkenende.
Daan van Doorn was also selected for the BP Award of the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2011 and 2013 and exhibited at TEFAF Maastricht in 2012 and 2013.
Van Doorn's strength lies in the portrayal of children. His light, transparent way of working is the best for them. Children are a precious asset that gives their portrait an extra dimension. Events and memories interweave with the canvas. This gives the portrait an emotional charge that defies time. The portrait becomes a phenomenon that is carefully preserved from generation to generation.
[Google translation of text at http://portretinopdracht.blogspot.nl/]