Peter Engels Paintings and Sculptures - Peter Engels

Peter Engels Paintings and Sculptures

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 handmade aspect of the canvases.

The knife strokes are so large that the painting seems abstract at a short distance. When watching Peter Engels’ work, do this exercise: look at the work from up close and then gradually step back and view it from a distance. The effect is impressive. Typical features of his very own style are the big close-ups where eyes and mouth are primordial. The rest is decor and drops off the canvas.

Peter Engels: “The most beautiful thing about painting portraits is the capturing of an emotion. An emotion at a significant though brief moment. I find that quite fascinating.”


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