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Old and New
This graphite pencil drawing ‘Den Haag – Nieuwe Kerk – 28-05-23’ takes me back to my present residence. There is this remarkable church smack in the middle of The Hague that’s ancient. It deviates slighty from its direct surroundings. Take City Hall on the other side of the street (Spui) for example, designed by famous architect Richard Meier . Such is life here, full of contrasts in old and new. Another example is Burger King, farther down that same road. Perhaps it is not very imaginable for Americans. I’m talking about the franchise appearance and the architectural beauty of the facade above it. It’s that much big a contrast that they almost look like two separate buildings stacked on top of eachother. Could it be that such contrasts also represent a inner felt separation in many people nowadays. What do you think?
Not that I detest change. That’s always needed and I also try to incorporate it as theme in my works througout the years. I’m wandering from surrealism, cubism to realism, epressionism and back. Sometimes I incorporate a couple of these -isms in one and the same work. Doing this one I vaguely had a previous drawing in mind. In Maassluis – 08-06-21 In that one I united my personal style roundism with realism. I wanted to get the treescapes plausible in such respect that people wouldn’t be bothered by style differences. Such was my goal today as well but I also incorporated an elepant. After the initial one in 2016 they’re back and so I spotted one lingering about on the lawn in front of the church. Would you call this surrealism or is it just another realist drawing?
Graphite pencil drawing (Sakura 0.5 mm, 4B) on Winsor & Newton Bristol board paper (21 x 14.8 x 0.1 cm – A5 format)
Artist: Corné Akkers
About Corne Akkers
My work can be seen in many countries all over the world. I employ a variety of styles that all have one thing in common: the ever search for the light on phenomena and all the shadows and light planes they block in. My favorites in doing so are oil paint, dry pastel and graphite pencil. It is not the form or the theme that counts but the way planes of certain tonal quality vary and block in the lights. Colours are relatively unimportant and can take on whatever scheme. It is the tonal quality that is ever present in my work, creating the illusion of depth and mass on a flat 2d-plane. I combine figurative work with the search for abstraction because neither in extremo can provide the desired art statement the public expects from an artist. Besides all that, exaggeration and deviation is the standard and results in a typical use of a strong colour scheme and a hugh tonal bandwith, in order to create art that, when the canvas or paper would be torn into pieces, in essence still would be recognizable.
I teach art (drawing / painting) at Voorburg, Netherlands where I have my second studio next to my first at The Hague, Netherlands, where I live.