Sans titre – 17-01-15

Sans titre - 17-01-15


Part of the sans titre series, being Loretta Young, She was an American moviestar and celebrity from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. I was charmed by the great division in strong tonal planes of the reference pictures. Lots of tonal differences, subtle and sudden. Next to this I found some strong lines along her chin and hair line, creating a powerful focal point on the face. It's not really cubistic although everybody seems to associate it with cubism. I would call it a kind of atmospheric cubism, because it has nothing to do with the multi-perspectivism like Picasso and Braque propagated.


Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Canson Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm - A4 format)

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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