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Philip Akkerman

Self-Portrait 1990 no. 2, 1990

Akkerman (1957) has used more or less the same method since 1986: ‘One happy day, I came across the technique of the Old Masters. That’s the best thing that ever happened to me as a painter. What a revelation! Those old guys were very practical. The painter started by making a sketch. The sketch was ... made into a drawing at actual size, which was then transferred onto a panel. Then the painting started. First in greys to distribute dark and light. And finally, once the grisaille had dried, the colours were added. The big advantage of working in this way is the separate stages, […] it’s a tool that helps me work efficiently with the paint’. He used the same approach for this self-portrait, with oils on panel, using various shades of blue, both in the background and in his face. Text: Renate Ketelaars, guide and museum host
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Philip Akkerman
Self-Portrait 1990 no. 2
Oil on panel
40 x 34 cm (h x w)
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