World famous French chef Roger Vergé died in June 2015. Peter Engels was commissioned to create Vergé’s large sculpture that has a permanent place in Mougins, the beautiful old village just outside the mondain Cannes in the South of France. During “Les Etoiles de Mougins” Peter Engels also painted Roger Vergé’s portrait on canvas.
The new owners of the house where Estée Lauder used to live, in Cannes, commissioned this vintage painting by Peter Engels. Peter succeeded in bringing back Estée Lauder’s spirit into this legendary Mediterranean estate with this large and unique masterpiece that shows Estée’s inner soul.
This portrait was displayed by news agency Reuters on the biggest billboard of the world, on Times Square in New York, when Nelson Mandela turned 90. Lawyer Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison on Robben Island because of his fight against ‘Apartheid’. Later on he became president of South-Africa and received the peace Nobel Prize.
Peter Engels thought it was time for a painted tribute. Peter Engels not only paints the man’s face, carved by time. What is more, Peter Engels paints his heart and soul. With the palette knife of course. Peter Engels says: ‘Mandela’s charismatic smile is warm an genuine. He has vivid eyes, the little lights in them will forever twinkle in my portrait as his memory twinkles and inspires many till this day.’
Late 2010 the painting was sold to an art collector on the primary market. The buyer said: “Rarely we have encountered an artist who was able to create such a remarkable portrait of an icon.” In December 2013, after the painting was used in an official obituary that was published in 33 countries, the owner sold the painting on the secondary market to another art collector. It is important for the artist that his work can be resold for a higher price. This proves to the art market that the work by Peter Engels is worth investing in. This means that a Peter Engels has growing potential.
Already several times Peter painted John F. Kennedy’s portrait. But this one is certainly the largest one of JFK he ever created. It is painted solely with the palet knife, rough and 3-dimensional. It is the one president that said: ‘We need men who can dream’. He became president in 1961 and was shot on the 22nd of November 1963.
Peter Engels attended several concerts of Toots Thielemans and met him where after he painted Toots. Specially for Peter Engels he played the James Bond theme during a concert. He is a kind man and a genius jazz musican. Mr. Harmonica is well in his 90’s. This painting is a tribute to the warm and generous person behind the humble musician. Peter portrayed Toots Thielemans 4 times.
One evening in New York, Peter Engels ran into Karl Lagerfeld just outside the Mercer hotel. Karl Lagerfeld happily posed for Peter then and there. This portrait is the result of the brief encounter with one of the most remarkable men in Fashion today.
Peter Engels went to Mallorca, Spain, to paint the portrait of Catherine Zeta-Jones. She and her husband, famous actor Michael Douglas, have a holiday home near Valldemossa, in the west of the island of Mallorca.
Obama, oil on canvas, 100 x 200 cm, 39.4 x 78.7 inch, 2009
Artist Peter Engels paints the large presidential Vintage Portrait of Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States of America. Waving stars and stripes in the background.
This painting by Peter Engels was sold to Prince Albert of Monaco. Princess Grace Kelly would have become 80, the year Peter Engels painted her. As a tribute, artist Peter Engels painted her ‘vintage portrait’, a highly impressive canvas that was auctioned by Sotheby’s Monaco. Grace Kelly’s son, His Royal Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco was present and bought the painting after being in a bidding duel with Stéphane Cherki, the millionaire mayor of the village of Eze, South of France. This resulted in a five figure bid, the highest of the entire auction. Peter Engels donated the total proceeds to Lions Club of Monaco’s charity cause, training heart surgeons in Mauritania, Africa.
Peter Engels: ‘This is my tribute to one of the most beautiful, stylish, classic royal icons of all time. I paint my portraits with the palette knife in my typical sepia colorite, which gives this Grace Kelly portrait its intense vintage look.’
For the stunning view over the Monaco port by night anno 1955, which we can see in the backround, peter Engels based his view on the Hitchcock triller ‘To Catch a Thief’.
The tallest building in the world; The burj Khalifa in Dubai is named after Sheikh Khalifa, United Arab Emirates president and ruler of Abu Dhabi. He clearly has a vision and a plan. “And furthermore,” Peter Engels says, “Sheikh Khalifa has a character face that has to be painted in my ‘vintage’ style: in sepia colour and with the palet knife”. In the background of the painting, Peter Engels painted the prestigeous new Guggenheim Museum (left), The Louvre (the dome in the middle) and the impressive Theatre of Performing Arts (right). Which are being built as we speak on Saadiyat Island, just offshore of the city of Abu Dhabi. The buildings are part of a massive project to create an exhibition space intended to turn this once-sleepy desert city along the Persian Gulf into an international arts capital and tourist destination. This ‘cutlure island’ will be ready in 2020.
Andy Warhol’s portrait was painted on the island of Java, Indonesia. On a local market he bought cotton, a couple of painting knifes and some oil paint. The painting was sold in a Brussels auction.
Enzo Ferarri who died in 1988, was nicknamed “il Commendatore”. He said: ‘Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines’. Celebrating its first World Championship of the new Millennium, in Formula One, Ferraro built the Enzo to celebrate this achievement. The company named the car after its founder, Enzo Ferrari. Peter Engels painted the laughing Enzo Ferrari and the very first Ferrari, Enzo ever built.
Peter Engels painted Hippocrates, the father of medicine. Engels has studied the few remaining sculptures that were made of the ancient Greek philosopher and brought him back to life on a large canvas.
The 6th of May, 2012, Peter Engels was asked by the Antwerp World Diamond Center to paint Richard Branson’s portrait. The first idea was not to paint a live portrait but to have Richard Branson sign this painting that would be put up for auction. When this painting was finished, a day before, Peter Engels was asked to paint Branson’s portrait live on stage during his speech.
Peter Engels painted Richard Branson Live on stage, while he was giving a speech in Antwerp. Interviewed by Marlène Wouters on one side and painted by Peter Engels on the other and infront of 1600 businessmen, politicians, marketting students and the international press.
Peter Engels painted this Vintage Portrait on his exhibition in Monaco. Visitors were excited to see how a painting grows one knife stroke at a time, until finally another masterpiece was revealed.
Many great artists have painted a kiss; Pablo Picasso, Roy Liechtenstein, Henri De Toulouse Lautrec, Gustav Klimt, Marc Chagall, …
Like many other big artist, Peter Engels also painted his version of “the kiss” and managed to also capture the passion, the expression, the surrendering, the tenderness, of a deep love.
This painting is a tribute to both Nicole Kidman and Grace Kelly. For one month Nicole Kidman stayed in Peter Engels’ home village, Brasschaat, just 500m from his atelier. She used to jog down his street. Nicole Kidman was there to shoot some of the scenes for her new movie: ‘Grace of Monaco’. The story is about Grace Kelly’s involvement with Monaco’s prince rainier and France’s Charles De Gaulle dispute over tax laws in the early 1960s. Some years ago Peter Engels also painted the Vintage Portrait of Grace Kelly, which was sold to her son, Prince Albert of Monaco.
This painting, painted in Sainte-Maxime, South of France, accentuates summer vibes by the sunlight that sheds beautifully through the glass, making it a happy tribute to the relax lifestyle and summer sun inspired by the French Riviera.