Portrait of Gergiev (2004)

Portrait of Gergiev (2004) in Dutch music magazine
‘De Nieuwe Muze’; Gergiev festival edition 2018

translated text:

” The portraits of Valery Gergiev are painted in 2004 and 2005 in Saint Petersburg. They are created from my fascination for the way of conducting and personal radiance of the Maestro. I did meet him in Russia, but somehow never got to ask him for a portrait. Instead, I based the portraits on photo’s of Gergiev of this time. I thought it interesting to portray his dedication to the music and how he gave the utmost of himself. Also to show how the inspiration transmitted by him is on the edge of something magic.”