Prague (2004) (sold)

Prague (2004) (sold)

An oil painting based on a prestudy in charcoal.


A long time ago I was in Prague and saw a lovely backlight from the Wawel Castle across the Moldau river. The shirt of my girlfriend back then turned blue and I still use this painting to instruct students that white is not white at all, dependant on the circumstances. Beginners often say it is white but in fact blue can be white as well. The orange lighting contrasted the blues quite nicely.


Oil paint on canvas hardboard (43.5 x 54 x 0.3 cm)

Artist: Corné Akkers


About corneakkers

1969, born in Nijmegen. 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.

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