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
There's a Riot Goin' On (installation view)
2014

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

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
There's a Riot Goin' On (installation view)
2014

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

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
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
Liza Minnelli In Cabaret
2014
Acrylic on linen
72 x 84 inches

Liza Minnelli, based on a still from the film Cabaret (1972) and featuring transcription of her character's dialog and song lyrics.

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linen
Nilsson Schmilsson
2013
Acrylic on linen
90 x 68 inches

Harry Nilsson, The Beatles after the Beatles, but hungover and in his bathrobe. All the lyrics to the seminal album create an image inspired by its cover.

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on canvas
Harry Nilsson (All My Life)
2013
Acrylic on canvas
47 x 45 inches

A mid-70's image of Harry Nilsson made from the repeated lyrics to "All My Life," from the Pussy Cats album (1974).

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linene
Allen Ginsberg (Friday the Thirteenth)
2014
Acrylic on linene
72 x 60 inches

Allen Ginsberg, as he appeared on Firing Line with William F. Buckley, Jr. in 1968, employing text from three of Ginsberg's poems from that year

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on two canvasses
Gerry Rafferty
2013
Acrylic on two canvasses
48 x 72 inches total

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linen
Joan Didion (The White Album)
2014
Acrylic on linen
28 x 22 inches

Joan Didion, captured from an early 70's TV interview, made from the introductory lines of her landmark essay The White Album (1968-78)

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on canvas
Joan Baez (Diamonds and Rust)
2013
Acrylic on canvas
28 x 22 inches

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on panel
Billie Holiday (God Bless the Child)
2013
Acrylic on panel
24 x 20 inches

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on canvas
As Pure and Strange As What I See (for Lou Reed)
2013
Acrylic on canvas
54 x 48 inches

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linen
Lou 2
2014
Acrylic on linen
72 x 60 inches

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linen
Marvin Gaye (What's Going On)
2014
Acrylic on linen
90 x 50 inches

Marvin Gaye from the back cover of the landmark What's Going On album (1971). Text is complete lyrics to entire album.

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acryilc on linen
Marvin Gaye 2
2014
Acryilc on linen
54 x 54 inches

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linen
David Crosby (If I Could Only Remember My Name)
2014
Acrylic on linen
36 x 36 inches

An array of Croz's words, ranging from The Byrds to his 1971 solo debut, If I Could Only Remember My Name, whose back cover inspires this painting.

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linen
Joni Mitchell (California)
2014
Acrylic on linen
28 x 22 inches

"I'm gonna see the folks I dig / I'll even kiss a Sunset pig / California, comin' home."

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on canvas
Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
2012
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 36 inches

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on canvas
Neil Young (Thrasher)
2012
Acrylic on canvas
84 x 54 inches

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on canvas
California Dreamin'
2013
Acrylic on canvas
54 x 48 inches

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on canvas
Jackson Browne (Saturate Before Using)
2013
Acrylic on canvas
54 x 54 inches

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on canvas
Jarvis (It's a Dirty World 2)
2012
Acrylic on canvas
42 x 54 inches

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on panel
In Between Days
2013
Acrylic on panel
18 x 18 inches

"Yesterday, I got so old, I felt like I could die."

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on panel
Science Fiction/Double Feature
2013
Acrylic on panel
20 x 24 inches

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linen
Live Lip-Sych
2013
Acrylic on linen
12 x 14 inches

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linen
Nina Simone (I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free)
2015
Acrylic on linen
31 x 25 inches

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.

Erik den Breejen Text Portraits Acrylic on linen
Jimi
2015
Acrylic on linen
36 x 36 inches

Voodoo Chile and Voodoo Child (Slight Return) lyrics.

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