Juxtapoz Magazine – The Wide-Ranging Self-Portraits of Philip Akkerman


It has been stated prior to and it will be said all over again, but Philip Akkerman is an artist of, actually, several faces. His decades extended series of self-portraits develop and contract, navigate as a result of myriads of variations and typically really feel like a journey by means of artwork background. That the artist has been painting self-portraits exclusively given that 1981, it also offers a handbook for his artistic evolution as a painter, wherever the issue continues to be the identical but the skill and technique evolves via time. And they offer a vital insight into his possess watch of himself. 

Now on look at at Derek Eller in NYC is a selection of the Dutch aritst’s self-portrraits, showcasing the different variations and concepts he has mastered more than the a long time. As the gallery notes, ” Confounded by the enigma of existence, he turned to self-portraiture as a signifies of comprehending. His inclination was validated by German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, who professed that existence requires examination, and that ‘the much more unintelligent a male is, the much less mysterious existence would seem to him’.” It’s also a likelihood to see the distinctive top quality of an artist’s lifestyle work, how just one certain topic can hold a single compelled on how the self carries on to be the most intriguing of topics in artwork. —Evan Pricco


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