She begins her artistic journey with fantastical drawings, taking inspiration from the likes of Jheronimus Bosch. The birth of her son, who suffers from eczema, marks a change of direction: Annemarie Busschers starts producing huge portraits, with incredibly detailed features, skin, and hair.
What you see is what you get: a maxim that Annemarie Busschers ('s-Hertogenbosch, 1970) takes quite literally in her portraits. From birthmarks and scars to bags and wrinkles; in meticulous detail, she fleshes out on the canvas everything that makes us human, laying bare the subject and their skin. For Busschers, these traits tell the story of a person's life.
The sheer scale of her magnified portraits is imposing. This, coupled with the stark rendering of their subjects, makes her flaws-and-all paintings confrontational, and yet the details invite you to immerse yourself in them. Tia is one such portrait that holds the gaze. Busschers mostly portrays the people around her, working from photos to build the portrait in layers.
|Canvas, acrylic paint, pencil
|250 x 160 cm
|Gifted by Wilma and Ger van Dam/MALcollection