Philip Akkerman Self-portrait 2016 No. 3. Oil on board, 40 x 34 cm
Self-portrait 2016 No. 3
In the early days I was always full of ideas that I wanted to realise. Certainly in the beginning I was occupied with either a new style or new techniques and it was then that I thought: I’m going to get involved with what I did at the very beginning, as a boy.And that was the making of self-portraits.That gave me an enormous amount of peace; I was literally returning to myself.
I’ll keep doing this for a couple of months, I thought. But before I knew it three years had gone by, and I hadn’t even asked myself what I was actually doing. It was just like breathing. It all went so naturally.This way of working suited me. And it was then, after three years, that I decided to keep on doing this for the rest of my life.
Philip Akkerman 1992
Philip Akkerman was born in 1957 in Vaassen,The Netherlands. He studied at Ateliers 63 in Haarlem from 1979 until 1981. In 1981 he started painting self-portraits. He hasn’t stopped. He lives and works in The Hague.