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Annemarie Busschers

Annemarie Busschers
Born 1970, Den Bosch, Netherlands.
Lives and works in Groningen, Netherlands.




2009 BP Award, Aberdeen Art Gallery from 29 Nov- 24 Jan 2008 ‘New Dutch Realism’ The National Arts Club, New York 18 - 31 okt 2008 BP Award, Wolverhampton Gallery from 27 Sept - 14 Nov 2008 Bp Award, National Portrait Gallery 12 June - 14 Sept 2008 Art Amsterdam 7 - 11 may 2008 ING Realismo Olandese. Palazzo Leone da Perego, Legnano-Milano, Italy 23 februari - 20 april 2008 Karmel, Drachten 1 mrt - 11 mei Realisme 08, Amsterdam 2008 Zeeuws Maritiem MuZEEum Vlissingen. ING collection. 2007 Art Amsterdam 2007 J.K. Egbertsprize. Pictura, Groningen 2007 Museum de Buitenplaats, Eelde 2007 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2007 Kunsthal, ‘Leve de Schilderkunst! Terug naar de figuur’ Rotterdam Realisme 07, Amsterdam 2007 Aberdeen Art Gallery 2006 Gorcums Museum ‘De magie van het Realisme’8 2006 National Portrait Gallery, London 2006 Art Amsterdam 2006 150th Anniversary Portrait Gala, National Portrait Gallery, London Realisme 06, Amsterdam 2006 Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh 2005 Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens 2005 National Portrait Gallery, London 2005 ‘Painted Reality’National Museum Stettin, Poland 2004’Painted Reality’National Museum Krakau, Poland Realisme 2004, Amsterdam At first sight Annemarie Busschers makes hyperrealistic portraits in a rawrealistic manner. But hyperrealism is not important to her, it’s just a graphic, complex and at the same time transparent approach that defines her work immediately as a modern art. By means of a mixed technique she intensively explores the skin of her models and investigates the limits of experimentation with the material and ways of expression. Each portrait requieres an unique process. So she uses transparent pieces of paper streaked with veins on the back, and in using pastel the surface gains a skin colour. The frontside is elaborated with a black pencil or with acrylic paint. After that the paper is glued to the linen. Then it’s treated further on with semitransparent sheets of oilpaint or acrylic or textile. Sometimes the artist applies the paint directly to the linen. It’s this complex way of working that makes her work often a mixture of a drawing and a painting. Actually in this layered structure the skin appears also multi-layered. The aspect which most fascinates her is the skin; the way she uses the skin on the paper is not as important as that of her models. She analyses her digital portraits for irregularities, lines, wrinkles and veins. These aspects are what she wishes tot emphasize in the finally created portrait. To her aging is a fascinating process. Annemarie Busschers doesn’t care much about embellishment and idealization, for ages an important purpose of portraitpainting. On the contrary, it’s her opinion that aging just reveals beauty. ‘In comparison with other people my own aging is to me a very intense process and I’m surprised about the way I’m changing. That’s what I like tot record’, she said about that. Indeed, as a consequence we frequently see originate self-portraits among her other portraits Biografie 1970 ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands Education Art academy Minerva Groningen 1991-1996 Prizes 2003 Participation Koninklijke prijs voor de Vrije Schilderkunst, Amsterdam (2th round) 2005 Selected for exhibition BP Award 2005, National Portrait Gallery, London 2006 Selected for exhibition BP Award 2006, National Portrait Gallery, London 2006 first prize Egberts prize 2007, Groningen 2008 Selected for exhibition BP Award 2008