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Neo Deco – 18-10-23 (Cubist Study after Lauren Albin Guillot) Drawing

Corné Akkers


Drawing, Graphite on Paper

Size: 8.3 W x 11.7 H x 0 D in

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The Return of Lauren This graphite pencil drawing ‘Neo Deco – 18-10-23’ is a return to die hard art deco motifs. Initially I planned to draw more landscapes and I certainly will live up to my intentions. It’s just that sometimes you come across one of those motifs that is too impressive to ignore. You imply can’t get it out from your head. That’s what happened with a great photo of Lauren Albin Guillot. It is not the first time though. Last year I also used one of her photos for a drawing. What is it with these 1930s photos? I already told you about their great tonal schemes. I generally consider black & white pictures more charming. However, in the picture at hand from 1935 you see she also has a keen eye for abstract composition. A Bit Guilty Picking these kinds of motifs out I always feel considerably guilty. Certainly the photos are not mine and I can only pay homage to the original photographer. The only thing I can do is to add value to it, something new. The first plan was to incorporate some ambiguous images I directly saw. There was a dolphin in the reflection. Well, rather not this time. It would have only ruined a perfectly balanced scene. No shame in changing your mind on a whim though. Harsh Linear Structures Instead, I chose to incorporate some harsh linear structures running on the model’s body contour delineation. Moreover, I also increased the white space across the overall depiction. This way I created more vibancy in the negative space than shown in the reference picture. The body didn’t need a lot of abstraction. Only some contrasts in round versus straight forms. This having said, the glory goes to Lauren for the biggest part. As artist, you always stand one someone’s shoulders. 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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Drawing:Graphite on Paper

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Size:8.3 W x 11.7 H x 0 D in

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1969, born in Nijmegen. My work can be seen in many countries all over the world. Corné employs 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. His favorites in doing so are oil paint, dry pastel and graphite pencil. He states that it’s 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’s the tonal quality that is ever present in his work, creating the illusion of depth and mass on a flat 2d-plane. Corné combines 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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