Work and Biography Sef Berkers
The essence of my Artworks is my life – my experiences are my inspiration. I work in series in which different areas of life and art, such as traveling, music and film are interrelated.
Je Suis à la gare
1993 – 1997 I painted at ten different train stations in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. This project entitled ‘Je suis à la gare’ resulted in several exhibitions, at home and abroad.
To experience different cultures is valuable for me as an artist:
1997 – 2000 I painted portraits, street scenes and landscapes during various trips to Egypt, Greece and India, which led to new figurations and abstract landscapes.
Two of these works have been awarded with the Euregion Art Price 2001, Rijn-Maas-Noord NL / D. The work was regarded original, innovative and authentic.
2010 – 2016 Because of my fascination with music I started to paint a series of abstract portraits on music. I put the power of various pop singers on canvas, using the movement of my body with oil paint in black and white or bright colors.
In recent works I worked with a special oil paint recipe which combines different resins. This provides enormous color strength, durability, and greater clarity and transparency.
2017 – 2019 With this new painting technique I made a number of ‘Self-Portraits as a traveler and painter’, a reflection on my artistic life.
2019 – 2020 A series of paintings inspired by movies:
Obsessed with film images I made hundreds of photos of film scenes and translated these into a new language. Actors have an extraordanairy physical expression. These works show man in different situations of existance.
The archive, wich now contains more than 92.000 pieces of work, always expands. All my artworks are numbered and related to each other. It is an autobiography which shows my life as a total work of art.