Philip Akkerman (1957) usually uses a neutral background for his self-portraits, but in this work, we see a bricked construction to the left and the suggestion of branches or flowers to the right. He’s after visual variation – in the long run, the mirror no longer has a role: ‘I certainly started ou...t painting myself as you would expect on a self-portrait. While I painted, I constantly looked at my reflection to check if everything still made sense. But I soon noticed that my interest in the mirror image waned. The painting itself became more important. I wanted to make good paintings’, explains Akkerman.
Text: Renate Ketelaars, guide and museum host
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Self-Portrait 2000 no. 21
Oil on panel
40 x 34 cm (h x w)
Type of object
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