The Portraits and its possibilities

When I came to Holland to live there, I decided to abandon the concept of space and the descriptive painting that I was doing in South America under the tropic of Capricorn. In this way I was able to concentrate my pictorial searches on the form, on the delicacy of Dutch light and the incorporation of the possibilities offered by a digital camera and the computer. First it was a pocket camera, with only about 6 megapixels of resolution and that I had bought to photograph my newborn daughter. The everyday, the interior and especially The Portrait were enough for me to establish the dialogue between the pictorial tradition and the digital age. The first portrait I painted was “Miracle”, a two-meter canvas, the face of a six-month-old baby. Life and wonder, a giant circle filling the canvas was like everything and nothing, the figurative and the abstract. The work surprised London, and was immediately finalist in the BP Portrait Award organized by the National Gallery. Then several portraits followed, and the textures and detail treatments changed as I changed the camera; 10, 15 and 21 megapixels. E.C.

“Woman with a pearl earring”
oil on aluminium, 30×40 cm, 2022 | Private Collection, London
“Lila” oil on metal, 40×30 cm 2021
“André” oil on metal, 40×30 cm 2021
“Wim” oil on linen, 50×40 cm 2021
“Tea Time” oil on linen, 40×30 cm 2016
“Cramberry mask” oil on linen 40×30 cm 2016
“Japanese Porcelain” oil on linen, 50×40 cm 2016
"Girl with silvery jacket", oil on canvas 170x120 cm, 2012
“Girl with silvery jacket” oil on canvas 170 x 120 cm, 2012
"Girl with golden jacket" |150x100 cm, oil on canvas, 2012/13 | Private collection
“Girl with golden jacket” |150×100 cm, oil on canvas, 2012/13 | Private collection USA
"Allegory of painting II" oil on canvas 150x100 cm, 2011 | Private collection
“Allegory of painting II” oil on canvas 150×100 cm, 2011 | Private collection Paraguay
"Silence" oil on canvas 120x80 cm, 2011- Private collection, The Netherlands
“Silence” oil on canvas 120×80 cm, 2011- Private collection, The Netherlands
“Vlinder” (Butterfly) Oil on canvas, 200×135 cm, 2010 | Private collection – Paraguay
“Girl with freckles” Oil on canvas 200×150 cm, 2009/10 | 1st Prize Figurativa ’10, MEAM museum collection, Barcelona
“Marianne” oil on canvas 80×50 cm, 2011| Private collection, The Netherlands
“Alice” oil on linen 80×50 cm, 2011|Private collection, The Netherlands
“Gabi” oil on linen, 50x40cm 2018
“Chocolate” oil on linen 80×80 cm, 2009 | private collection, The Netherlands
“Marina” oil on canvas 80×90 cm 2009 | Private collection, The Netherlands
“Sybrand” oil on canvas 100×100 cm, 2013 | Private collection, The Netherlands
“Lila” oil on canvas 200×160 cm, 2008 | Honorary mention prize, Figurativas ’08 MEAM Museum Collection Barcelona.
“Tijmen from Utrecht” Oil on canvas 100×100 cm, 2007 Private collection, The Netherlands
“Sacha from Utrecht” Oil on linen 50×50 cm, 2006 Private collection, The Netherlands
“Dominic from Utrecht” Oil on linen 50×50 cm, 2006 Private collection, The Netherlands
“Mireille”, oil on jute 200×145 cm, 2006
“Niña de Utrecht, oil in linen 140×140 cm 2005
“Milagro” oil on canvas 200×200 cm 2005 | selected in the short list of BP Portrait Award 2006, National Portrait Gallery, London

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