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Philip Akkerman (Vaassen, 10 October 1957); Dutch painter and draftsman of self portraits.
Akkerman trained at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and Ateliers '63 in Haarlem. He has been painting almost exclusively self portraits since 1981. He researches and employs different painting techniques. In 30 years he has built up an oeuvre of more than 6,000 self portraits, of which about 3,000 are paintings.
[Google translation of Dutch text at https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Akkerman]
Self Portraits: http://philipakkerman.com/paintings
Philip (Maria) Akkerman (1957)
Dutch watercolorist, sculptor, painter, draftsman; non-figurative, cityscapes and self-portraits
Place of work is The Hague,
Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
Ateliers '63, and studio of visual art in Amsterdam
Philip Akkerman has been devoting himself since 1981 exclusively to self portraits in small format. This in the isolation of the studio, far from the official art world. He researches different painting techniques: in 1981-1986 alla fine with oil paint, then in the slow tempera oil technique. Concentrated painting means a confrontation with himself and a development of his personality.
How well the self portrait functions as the bearer of an inexhaustible series of style exercises, is proven year after year by Philip Akkerman. From the mid-80s onwards, this artist from The Hague paints nothing other than his own portrait in a style that occurs to him that day. The steady completion of his conception of vision and technique is inversely proportional to the decay of his body in a fascinating way. While he has formulated his starting points as strictly formal and conceptual, Akkerman's monomaniac oeuvre gradually evokes a great sense of memento mori. You see, as it were, the painter becoming more mature, both in his ability and in his face.
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