Rotterdam Revisited After my last drawing of Rotterdam (Het Depot – 15-03-21) I thought it was time to do another drawing. I had something vague in mind: something impressionistic and rudimentary. Block-like structures of light and dark also popped up in my head. A dear friend of mine and poet, Alexis de Roode, once declared Rotterdam to be a city in which people injure their soul on the sharp edges of skyscapers. I can relate to that to some extent but there are some remaining pockets of beauty making their historical stand amidst advancing high-rise buildings. The Maritime District In particular the Maritime District (the old harbour) right in the centre still has something to offer to the eye of an artist. Without the risk of getting corny though. I was struck by some old boats and cranes that remain. Perhaps they are eyecarming leftovers being fed to tourists, who knows. At the back the Zalmtoren is being built. All-in all the old and new contrast I found very pleasant to look at. Hence this drawing that I made, partially on the spot. Rather Gloomy Because there was a nice tree to the left I placed a big cloud to the right of it. It was a cloudy day anyway and thus I had all ingredients: nature and industrial scenery. I kept the drawing rather gloomy and sketchy, only revealing an impression of contour delineation of ships, buildings and cranes. I enjoyed doing this one at the beginning of a fine season of outdoor sketching to come, I hope. Last but not least, on Labour Day I find it is appropiate to do this drawing of working class town Rotterdam, also called RoTown. Hoping for a day to come to sit on the roof top of Het Depot, sipping on a lager and looking out over this city that continues to fascinate. Graphite pencil drawing (Sakura 0.5 mm, 4B) on Winsor & Newton paper (21 x 14.8 x 0.1 cm – A5 format) Artist: Corné Akkers
Rotterdam – 01-05-21 was created by artist Corne Akkers in 2021. This art piece , which is part of the Drawings - Corne Akkers portfolio, is a Drawings / Sketch artwork. The style of this artwork is best described as Fine Art, Impressionism, Realism. The genre portrayed in this piece of art is Architecture, Cityscape, Inspirational, Landscape, Machnine Forms. The artwork was created in Pencil. The size of the original art is 15 (cms) H x 21 (cms) W.
Words which artist Corne Akkers feels best describe this work of art are: akkers, artist, artista, arts, clairobscur, corne, corneakkers, drawing, 인상주의, figurative, finearts, 印象派, hatching, 印象派, kunst, city, Импрессионизм, אימפרסיוניזם, cityscape, impressionism, Rotterdam, urban, impressionism, graphite, pencil, potlood, tekening, zeichnung, انطباعيةr, abstractie, art, arte, arta, artista, artiste, artist, realism, realisme, realistic, realiste, realist, kunst, 藝術, アート, искусство, արվեստ, קונסט, nghệthuật, فن, ხელოვნება, művészet, 艺术, seni, សិល្បៈ, कला, 印象派.
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.