Emo Verkerk

Dutch, 1955

Emo Verkerk was born in 1955 in Amsterdam and studied at Ateliers ’63 in Haarlem. He has exhibited extensively both nationally as internationally, and his work is included in many important public and private Dutch collections.

Emo Verkerk made his name with portraits, a genre that is hard to pin within the visual realm of contemporary art. Having been loyal to portrait painting ever since the turbulent start of his carreer and having explored this genre in his own way, says a lot about his consistent way of working and looking. Moving against the tide fits with the character of Emo Verkerk who uses it to his advantage in a refined way. Meanwhile he demands a lot from his viewers whom he declines to please. His quasi-naïve style is treacherous and can evoke resistance. But who looks at his work with a good eye, will be lavishly rewarded. So much painterly ability and visual richness is scarce. This headstrong artist knows intuitively which means to apply to book his profits, though a positive outcome is never guaranteed. Size, technique, material and color are used as tools in a search of unexpected visual finds and a convincing substance.

Solo exhibitions include “Graag of niet / Love me or leave me”, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, NL (2015); “Belle van Zuylen”, Willem Baars Projects, Amsterdam, NL (2015); “Emo Verkerk”, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, NL (2000); “Nass und Trocken” Brandenburgische Kunstsammlungen, Cottbus, DE (1999); “Schilderijen, aquarellen en objecten”, Art & Project, Slootdorp, NL (1999); “Emo Verkerk”, Stadsmuseum Woerden, Woerden, NL (1997); “Emo Verkerk”, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL (1988), “Emo Verkerk”, Marian Goodman, New York, US (1982)

Verkerk’s work has been presented in numerous group exhibitions, including “Held op sokkel” Haags Historisch Museum/Museum de Gevangenpoort, The Hague NL (2015-6); “Wrijving van gedachten”, Antwerpen-Zundert Het Vincent van GoghHuis – Zundert NL (2015); “Facing Nature”, Museum Belvédère – Heerenveen, Oranjewoud, NL (2014); Rob Birza, Morgan Betz, Frank Koolen, Joseph Semah en Emo Verkerk, Willem Baars Art Consultancy, Amsterdam, NL (2011).

Museum and public collections include: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL); Centraal Museum, Utrecht (NL); Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht (NL); Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL); Rijksmuseum Twente, Enschede (NL); ABN AMRO Kunststichting, Amsterdam (NL); Kunstcollectie KPN, the Hague (NL); Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam (NL) and Ahold Kunst Stichting, Zaandam (NL).

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Belle van Zuylen, 2014

Belle van Zuylen, 2014

oil on panel, lacquer
57.3 x 38.9 cm

Available artworks

Zomerreiger, 2021

Zomerreiger, 2021

primer and oil on linen, bamboo, wood, metal
137 x 150 cm
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Rodeo Clown Richard Leon Winship, 2021

Rodeo Clown Richard Leon Winship, 2021

reed, metal, wood, plastics, paint, carbolineum
97 x 47.5 x 45 cm
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Joseph Roth, 2009

Joseph Roth, 2009

oil on linen
80 x 70 cm
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Belle van Zuylen, 2014

Belle van Zuylen, 2014

oil on panel, lacquer
57.3 x 38.9 cm
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Portret van Don Talayesva, 2017

Portret van Don Talayesva, 2017

oil on cotton, 142 x 101 cm
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Erasmus, 2019

Erasmus, 2019

oil on canvas
80 x 60 cm
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Flann O' Brien

Flann O' Brien

2011, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm
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Atte Jongstra, 1998

Atte Jongstra, 1998

Oil on linen
130 x 170 cm
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Stefan Zweig & Joseph Roth 2, 2005

Stefan Zweig & Joseph Roth 2, 2005

Oil on masonite
61.40 x 68.50 cm
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Studie voor Aby Warburg in Oraibi, 2017

Studie voor Aby Warburg in Oraibi, 2017

oil on linen, 90 x 70 cm
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Frank Waters in 1970, 2017

Frank Waters in 1970, 2017

oil on linen, 92 x 69 cm
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Leeghwater, 2017

Leeghwater, 2017

oil on linen 90 x 80 cm
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Rudy Klomp, 2016

Rudy Klomp, 2016

oil on linen 100 x 120 cm
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Vincent in Londen

Vincent in Londen

2014, oil on linen, 70.5 x 45.5 cm
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Roerdomp in paalstand

Roerdomp in paalstand

2015, wood, metal, lacquer paint, lacquer, 118 x 37.5 x 40 cm
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Vincent en Camus

Vincent en Camus

2015, oil on cotton, 100 x 100 cm
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Emo Verkerk, Kerkuil

Emo Verkerk, Kerkuil

2015, wood, masonite, 80 x 69 x 69 cm
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Dokter P. Viergever en Dokter Nausicaä Bode

Dokter P. Viergever en Dokter Nausicaä Bode

2012, oil on cotton, 70 x 90 cm
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Poesjkin met borstbeeld

Poesjkin met borstbeeld

2012, oil on cotton, 100 x 120 cm
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Jerofejev (vergrotingskoker)

Jerofejev (vergrotingskoker)

2013, oil on linen, 100 x 80 cm, Collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
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Publications

Emo Verkerk - Tanquam, 2020

Emo Verkerk - Tanquam, 2020

paperback, english, 2020
22 x 28 cm, 224 pages
texts by Emo Verkerk and Hans Janssen
ISBN 978-94-91525-98-8
€ 34,95
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Emo Verkerk - Graag of niet / Love me or leave me

Emo Verkerk - Graag of niet / Love me or leave me

Paperback, First Edition 2014
22 x 28 cm, 192 Pages
ISBN 9789491525384
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Emo Verkerk - de 100 mooiste tekeningen

Emo Verkerk - de 100 mooiste tekeningen

Paperback, First Edition 2009
22 x 28 cm, 163 pages
ISBN 978-9089101-31-0
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Editions

Vincent, 2015

Vincent, 2015

Signed, numbered and dated lower right corner
lithgraph on paper
Sheet size: 65 x 50 cm
Edition of 12 plus 3 artist proofs
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Vincent en Theo, 2015

Vincent en Theo, 2015

Signed, numbered and dated lower right corner
lithgraph on paper
Sheet size: 50 x 65 cm
Edition of 12 plus 3 artist proofs
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Vincent, 2015

Vincent, 2015

Signed, numbered and dated lower right corner
Etching on paper
Sheet size: 60 x 45 cm
Image size: 17,5 x 20 cm
Edition of 12 plus 3 artist proofs

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