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Significant Art of our times: The Vintage art of Peter Engels

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Published on Jan 2, 2011

ART - Belgian artist Peter Engels is widely considered as contributing to the revival of portrait and figure painting in a unique contemporary style of his own. In his hands it seems as if the long lost art of portrait painting is rising from its ashes like a phoenix.

The reason why Peter Engels is always successful, is probably due to the combination of his unique figurative style, his expert pallet knife technique, his thick, graphic strokes, his sparsely sepia coloured palette and his unique positioning of the head on the canvas.

This results in the original, contemporary 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 almost always tell nostalgic and moving life stories.

His Nelson Mandela portrait adorned Reuters' largest billboard of the world on Times Square, at Mandela's birthday. Prince Albert of Monaco bought the portrait of Grace Kelly. Peter Engels met and painted Karl Lagerfeld, Roger Moore, Toots Thielemans, etc. The conspicuous Vintage Portraits of Peter Engels are gleaming, they show emotion and tell life stories.

http://www.peterengels.eu

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