The Restoration of Bettie Page – 01-04-20 In November 2018 I started this project after a prestudy in graphite ‘An archeological memory of Bettie Page – 13-11-18’. Since the canvas size of this painting is bigger than the original drawing the balance between main theme (camel, statue and stele) and the negative space around it should show more coherence. It just felt not right to leave a lot of space while main theme was to be portrayed so lavisly. I always have been an admirer or Jan van Eyck’s ‘The Madonna of Chancellor Rolin’ and that is the main reason to add an abundancy of details in this one as well. See if I can match the quality of old master’s work. In general I could state that in this painting i tried to employ all my knowledge and techniques on a level of creating art. Jan van Eyck could have stated: “Als Ich Can”. For some time I hesitated to put down explanatory remarks as there is nothing worse than explaining a good joke. However I put in so many details making sense only to me as an artist as the story grew inside my mind, that a necessary explanation prevails over the risk of not being understood by anyone. Oil on wood panel (85 x 120 x 0.9 cm) Artist: Corné Akkers
The Restoration of Bettie Page – 01-04-20 was created by artist Corne Akkers in 2020. This art piece , which is part of the Oil Paintings - Corne Akkers portfolio, is a Paintings artwork. The style of this artwork is best described as Fine Art, Surrealism. The genre portrayed in this piece of art is Architecture, Figurative, Historical, Inspirational, Landscape, Nature, People, Spiritual. The artwork was created in Oil. The size of the original art is 85 (cms) H x 120 (cms) W.
Words which artist Corne Akkers feels best describe this work of art are: The Restoration of Bettie Page – 01-04-20.
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.