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Sands of Time – 23-03-24


This graphite pencil drawing ‘Sands of Time – 23-03-24’ follows exactly one month after my last one ‘Cleopatra – 23-02-24’. They both are part of my series ‘Out of Egypt’ laid to rest for a couple of years. Lately I had some ideas or rather a kind of vision entering my mind. Perhaps more a spiritual journey after many meditations on the subject ‘infinity’. Isn’t that the artist’s job, to show exactly that? By now you ought to know my fulminations with regard the state art is in today. With little to convey many expressions of art seem only meant to decorate lush living rooms these days. I always associate Egypt and its art as way to transfer feelings of endlessness and the spiritual. I’ve never been in a desert before. However, sand dunes as far as the eye can see seem both freightening as well as enchanting.

Jacob Merkelbach

Well now, there’s the final result which is the spiritual as stated above. The initial cause is yet another great reference picture taken by Jacob Merkelbach. That’s why we call it the artistic motif. A motif is the instigant causing an artist to yearn for something else. That’s the start of soul searching deep inside to see what ideas are spawn from it. In my case it’s all about the tonality. I often discuss the realm of contrasts with students. The are part of ‘the implicate order’ ruling over phenomena and stuff people give meaning to. However, contrast is what makes things come alive. Water versus drought, light versus darkness. Hence my weapon of choice: black and white als element born by eternity to be portrayed by them. Can you dig it? Into the sand, that is.

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Graphite pencil (Faber Castell Pitt Graphite Matt pencil 14B) drawing on Talens Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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