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Neo Deco – 30-07-23

By Corne_Akkers | Corne Akkers Art | 31 Jul 2023

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Time Limited

This oil painting ‘Neo Deco – 30-07-23’ is an elaboration of my graphite pencil drawing ‘Art Deco – 23-08-22’. As artist, my time on earth is limited compared to the deluge of ideas I still want to process. As to this I’d like to paraphrase an art critic (I believe). “Ideas are like rabbits: when you buy one and another one after that, soon you’ll have 10.” This is true. The fact is there is less time to create a painting than the storm I cook up as draftsman.

Almost Perfect

Why this one then? Because I liked the concept. Especially the audacity with which I created the drawing made me confident to test it in oil paint. For example I exaggerated the highlighted planes in order to enforce the overall tonal rhythym. Next to this, the extrapolated planes outside the body divide the negative space in a nice way. Thus I consider the composition perfect in that way I cannot think of a better one. Perfection, of course, is not something you can achieve. Salvador Dali would agree to this.

Color Scheme

I was particularly interested in what color scheme I could employ to the scene. Of late I like using Perylene Black of Winsor & Newton. At first glance it looks just like the blackest of blacks you ever saw. Mixed with white it delivers you a perfect greenish undercoat. In the past I used green earth or green umber as well. These ones also can appear a bit dim, not to mention the grainy and transparent consistency. Perylene offers me the perfect consistency and for skin hues placed on top create a perfect appearance. So there it was, a greenish imprimatura. Soon visions of Pozzuoli earth and Pompeian red pigments appeared in my mind. These were the first, almost complementary, colors I threw in. Surely the painting wasn’t intended to turn into just another explosion of saturated colors.

Final Stage

Not unsatisfied with the preliminary result I let it sink in. Soon hereafter I saw it could use a bit more vibrancy though. Hence I extended the scheme with the luminist duet purple and yellow. It seemed the perfect colorite matching the dance. In the final stage I envisioned Lord Shiva performing the Tandava. Unfortunately for me that’s a male and I depicted a she. Otherwise the painting would have been named accordingly. The planetary structure however refers to that cosmic dance. It came on a whim really in the very end. I think the roundness offers a nice contrast to the dynamic dance, however straightly rendered. Almost a bit of a jest. Then again, nothing more boring than to express roundish movements with round forms, don’t you think?

Oil on linen (60 x 80 cm)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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The Start Young as I was when I started drawing and painting I started my professional art career at age 35 after ending a succesful carreer as a business lawyer. I kept on handling my brushes and pencils after childhood but never dreamed I could make a

Corne Akkers Art
Corne Akkers Art

53 years old and creating art for 51 ears now. Follow this blog to see my drawings and paintings put in each and any conceivable 'ism'. Read my art statements and then you'll know why it is important for me to change from impressionism, realism, cubism, surrealism, expressionism, roundism so much. I hope you'll enjoy my search and my art works. Cheers, Corné

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