as he often has famous faces posing for him.
The ‘vintage’ aspect in his paintings is reinforced by the sepia oil colours he uses. Paint brushes are of no use here. Peter Engels exclusively paints with the palette knife, conferring the oeuvre a kind of three-dimensionality and a texture that catches the light beautifully. This adds to the conspicuously handmade aspect of the canvases and is in sharp contrast with mass produced products and commercial art.
This results in the original and pioneering character of his work. His canvases refer to artistic black and white photography and the large hand painted cinema billboards. This artist has a fresh look at knife-painted portraiture. The expressions nearly always tell nostalgic and moving life stories.
Peter Engels: “The most beautiful thing about painting portraits is the capturing of an emotion. The perpetuation of that significant though brief moment -merely a flash in the infinite universe- I find that quite fascinating. My Vintage Portraits make people immortal. People who make a difference. Famous, infamous, loved, despised, known or unknown. Their life stories are unique with a deep meaning and a charged atmosphere. I like to combine this with my specific and contemporary style, my palette knife technique, and my specially mixed oil colours into unique works of art recognizable at first glance. I like painting portraits of famous actors, writers, politicians, businessmen, musicians.” says Peter Engels. “They are part of our world. In fact they are part of our everyday life. They are writing history. That is why I feel I simply have to paint them.”