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Philip Akkerman
Self portrait, No.90, 2006 | Oil on masonite

Since 1981, Philip Akkerman has only been painting his own portrait. This choice has placed self-imposed restrictions on him. There is only one theme, the size of the panels on which he paints is restricted to two formats and the technique is always the same. The artist wishes to be free within these constraints. While painting, ideas and insights arise to create a specific mood. Sometimes the mood is quiet and refined, as in this portrait, and at other times the portraits are raw and painted exuberantly. In this respect, colors and forms are important tools. Unlike many other works by Akkerman, in which contrasting colors are placed together, this portrait was created entirely from yellow tones. The portrait was painted using a fine plotting area and the facial expressions, which are of a serious nature, are connected to this.

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