Philip Akkerman

Dutch painter Philip Akkerman (b. 1957) has one sole subject: the self-portrait. Since 1981 he has drawn and painted more than 10,000 of these portraits. Being certain of his subject, he is free to follow his intuition and engage in painterly experimentation. “The superficial part of the work, the technique, I try to control. The profound part, I try to let free…I do not paint self-portraits of Philip Akkerman. I paint the human capacity to contemplate existence." 

His work has been exhibited in places like BravinLee programs, New York; A-M-G5, Glasgow; Guido Costa Projects, Turin; Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich; Kunsthal, Rotterdam; Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Kunstmuseum, Den Haag; Today Art Museum, Beijing; The Approach, London; Kindl, Berlin; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; Messepalast, Vienna; Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne; Wooster Gardens, New York; Witte de With, Rotterdam. His works are in several public collections including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Teylers Museum, Haarlem; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar and the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.