One of the truly unique figures in the global art scene, Philip Akkerman is known, since 1981, for his penchant for self-portraits. Driven to paint intuitively, without restrictions or guidelines, the Dutch artist poorly constructed compositions, then never looked back. Inspired by Schopenhauer’s idea that the sole goal of human existence is to make a self-portrait, Akkerman jokingly explains, “My work is about the most important thing there ever was.”

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