Erik den Breejen

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linen
Willie Nelson
2017
Acrylic on linen
48 x 48 inches

Commission for a friend of Willie.

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linen
Richard Pryor
2014
Acrylic on linen
84 x 72 inches

Pryor's portrait is here constructed with transcriptions of cuts from his mid-70s standup albums.

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linen
Robin Williams at the Met
2015
Acrylic on linen
72 x 68 inches

A tribute to Williams' standup genius focussing on his 1986 HBO special and album, A Night at the Met. The text is a transcription of the bulk of the concert.

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acryilc on linen
Robin Williams at the Met (detail)
2015
Acryilc on linen
72 x 68 inches

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linen
Albuquerque On the Beach (Alone at the Mircrophone)
2014
Acrylic on linen
28 x 22 inches

Neil Young in the Ditch Triology period, from whence these two songs originate.

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linen
Karen Carpenter
2014
Acrylic on linen
60 x 48 inches

Portrait of Karen Carpenter in the early 70's using lyrics to four Carpenters classics.

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on canvas
Brian Wilson (I Just Wasn't Made for These Times)
2015
Acrylic on canvas
28 x 22 inches

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linen
Van Gogh (Self Portrait 1889)
2015
Acrylic on linen
48 x 42 inches

Inspired by the iconic self portrait and using an excerpt from one of Vincent's letters to Theo, in which he discusses portraiture in general and this painting in particular.

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linen
Miles Blues
2016
Acrylic on linen
16 x 12 inches

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linen
Once In a Lifetime (Remain In Light)
2015
Acrylic on linen
36 x 36 inches

The lyrics to the Talking Heads' "Once In a Lifetime" form the cover of its parent album, Remain In Light.

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linen
Elliott Smith (Happiness)
2015
Acrylic on linen
24 x 24 inches

"What I used to be will pass away, and then you'll see that all I want now is happiness for you and me."

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Arylic on linen
The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
2015
Arylic on linen
30 x 40 inches

The first two songs from Village Green Preservation Society are used to create an image based on an outtake photo from the album cover shoot.

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits
There's a Riot Goin' On (installation view)
2014

Exhibition at Freight + Volume, NYC, April-May 2014.

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linen
Muddy Waters
2015
Acrylic on linen
72 x 72 inches

Commission for Earl's Restaurant in Chicago.