Emo Verkerk

Dutch, 1955

Emo Verkerk was born in 1955 in Amsterdam and studied at Ateliers ’63 in Haarlem. He has exhibited extensively both nationally as internationally, and his work is included in many important public and private Dutch collections.

Emo Verkerk made his name with portraits, a genre that is hard to pin within the visual realm of contemporary art. Having been loyal to portrait painting ever since the turbulent start of his carreer and having explored this genre in his own way, says a lot about his consistent way of working and looking. Moving against the tide fits with the character of Emo Verkerk who uses it to his advantage in a refined way. Meanwhile he demands a lot from his viewers whom he declines to please. His quasi-naïve style is treacherous and can evoke resistance. But who looks at his work with a good eye, will be lavishly rewarded. So much painterly ability and visual richness is scarce. This headstrong artist knows intuitively which means to apply to book his profits, though a positive outcome is never guaranteed. Size, technique, material and color are used as tools in a search of unexpected visual finds and a convincing substance.

Solo exhibitions include “Graag of niet / Love me or leave me”, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, NL (2015); “Belle van Zuylen”, Willem Baars Projects, Amsterdam, NL (2015); “Emo Verkerk”, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, NL (2000); “Nass und Trocken” Brandenburgische Kunstsammlungen, Cottbus, DE (1999); “Schilderijen, aquarellen en objecten”, Art & Project, Slootdorp, NL (1999); “Emo Verkerk”, Stadsmuseum Woerden, Woerden, NL (1997); “Emo Verkerk”, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL (1988), “Emo Verkerk”, Marian Goodman, New York, US (1982)

Verkerk’s work has been presented in numerous group exhibitions, including “Held op sokkel” Haags Historisch Museum/Museum de Gevangenpoort, The Hague NL (2015-6); “Wrijving van gedachten”, Antwerpen-Zundert Het Vincent van GoghHuis – Zundert NL (2015); “Facing Nature”, Museum Belvédère – Heerenveen, Oranjewoud, NL (2014); Rob Birza, Morgan Betz, Frank Koolen, Joseph Semah en Emo Verkerk, Willem Baars Art Consultancy, Amsterdam, NL (2011).

Museum and public collections include: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL); Centraal Museum, Utrecht (NL); Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht (NL); Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL); Rijksmuseum Twente, Enschede (NL); ABN AMRO Kunststichting, Amsterdam (NL); Kunstcollectie KPN, the Hague (NL); Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam (NL) and Ahold Kunst Stichting, Zaandam (NL).

Emo Verkerk, Rudy Klomp, 2016

Emo Verkerk, Rudy Klomp, 2016

oil on linen 100 x 120 cm

Artworks

Emo Verkerk, Rudy Klomp, 2016

Emo Verkerk, Rudy Klomp, 2016

oil on linen 100 x 120 cm
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Emo Verkerk, Leeghwater, 2017

Emo Verkerk, Leeghwater, 2017

oil on linen 90 x 80 cm
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Emo Verkerk, Paul Beckman, 2015

Emo Verkerk, Paul Beckman, 2015

oil on linen 100 x 100 cm
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Emo Verkerk, Portret van Don Talayesva, 2017

Emo Verkerk, Portret van Don Talayesva, 2017

oil on cotton, 142 x 101 cm
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Emo Verkerk, Studie voor Aby Warburg in Oraibi, 2017

Emo Verkerk, Studie voor Aby Warburg in Oraibi, 2017

oil on linen, 90 x 70 cm
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Emo Verkerk, Frank Waters in 1970, 2017

Emo Verkerk, Frank Waters in 1970, 2017

oil on linen, 92 x 69 cm
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Emo Verkerk, Portret van Aby Warburg, 2017

Emo Verkerk, Portret van Aby Warburg, 2017

oil on linen, 120 x 140 cm
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Emo Verkerk, Flann O' Brien

Emo Verkerk, Flann O' Brien

2011, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm
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Emo Verkerk, De Beachclub -Hommage aan Bill Leavitt

Emo Verkerk, De Beachclub -Hommage aan Bill Leavitt

2015, oil on cotton, 100 x 100 cm
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Emo Verkerk, Roerdomp in paalstand

Emo Verkerk, Roerdomp in paalstand

2015, wood, metal, lacquer paint, lacquer, 118 x 37.5 x 40 cm
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Emo Verkerk, Vincent en Camus

Emo Verkerk, Vincent en Camus

2015, oil on cotton, 100 x 100 cm
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Emo Verkerk, Karel Appel

Emo Verkerk, Karel Appel

2009, bronze, metal, wood, lacquered cloth (three parts), 50 x 60 x 90 cm
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Emo Verkerk, Koning Winter en Belle van Zuylen

Emo Verkerk, Koning Winter en Belle van Zuylen

2014, oil on cotton; sewn portrait of pencil on paper, 100 x 120 cm
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Emo Verkerk, Kerkuil

Emo Verkerk, Kerkuil

2015, wood, masonite, 80 x 69 x 69 cm
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Emo Verkerk, Dokter P. Viergever en Dokter Nausicaä Bode

Emo Verkerk, Dokter P. Viergever en Dokter Nausicaä Bode

2012, oil on cotton, 70 x 90 cm
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Emo Verkerk, Poesjkin met borstbeeld

Emo Verkerk, Poesjkin met borstbeeld

2012, oil on cotton, 100 x 120 cm
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Emo Verkerk, Jerofejev (vergrotingskoker)

Emo Verkerk, Jerofejev (vergrotingskoker)

2013, oil on linen, 100 x 80 cm, Collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
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Emo Verkerk, Vincent in Londen

Emo Verkerk, Vincent in Londen

2014, oil on linen, 70.5 x 45.5 cm
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Emo Verkerk, Belle in de Alpen

Emo Verkerk, Belle in de Alpen

2014, oil on clay, bronze, wood, 23,5 x 15,5 x 20,5 cm
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Emo Verkerk, Joseph Roth (stoomboot)

Emo Verkerk, Joseph Roth (stoomboot)

2009, oil on linen, 67 x 63 cm
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Publications

Emo Verkerk - de 100 mooiste tekeningen

Emo Verkerk - de 100 mooiste tekeningen

Paperback, First Edition 2009
22 x 28 cm, 163 pages
ISBN 978-9089101-31-0
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Emo Verkerk - Graag of niet / Love me or leave me

Emo Verkerk - Graag of niet / Love me or leave me

Paperback, First Edition 2014
22 x 28 cm, 192 Pages
ISBN 9789491525384
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