Emile was born on the 7th of May 1971 in Schoonhoven, Holland. As a youngster, having to move from one place to another, he soon found out that his own creative mind was his best homecoming.
Inspired by the versatility of the human face, Emile started drawing pencil portraits in which he discovered his raw artistic talent and a way to make a small living. However though, as time past by, the desire to develop became obvious and inevitable. So he went on, experimenting with all kinds of techniques in figurative painting with portrait and nude as his main themes. He even profoundly studied the old classical masterpainter-techniques like they were used in the 17th century. During these passionate years he found a traditional base that still supports his methods of today’s work.
In his online-gallery you’ll find a small selection of the many paintings he has delivered so far. On the one hand, an overview of commissioned portraits in his early classical period which already proved his exceptional craftsmanship in traditional realism. On the other hand, his most recent and more monochrome portraits which depict mostly historical and legendary persons. Based on their general available photographs Emile creates appealing compositions in which just their essential facial elements are displayed. In his artistic philosophy nothing more is needed in the art of portrait painting nowadays. Even absence of realistic colours will only increase characteristics. With refined adaptions of the original images and strength in tonality due to integrating his own ingenious light-settings, a convincing illusion is given in which these celebrities seem to actually have been posing for Emile himself. As a result, unique paintings of enlarged portraits arise in a striking technique. Using soft brushstrokes in the darker areas in contrast to the lighter ones. Within these, using heavy impressionistic paint textures combined with well balanced glazing, Emile pulls the viewer into the light of his authentic and durable paintings.
With his delicate vision and excellent painting skills, you will find Emile working all over the globe, leaving his outstanding portraits behind that have their own unique identity, provided by the person and his history.