The Carolingian Chapel – 30-06-18

The Carolingian Chapel – 30-06-18

When I was visiting the Bastei, a new museum at the base of the Valkhof at Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands, my eye caught the Sint-Nicolaaskapel or better known as ‘The Carolingian Chapel’. This church was part of a much bigger complex – Het Valkhof - where Charlemagne and the Romans dwelled. I was born and raised in Nijmegen and I know the spot so well and was struck anew by the mystery of eras gone by, lush tree lines and my memory sending me back to childhood. This drawing is an attempt to capture all these feelings.


Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Canson Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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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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