techniqueBo Bakker paints his portraits in oil on canvas, in one layer straight from the charcoal sketch, wet in wet.

When one looks closely at this detailed magnification of Bo Bakker’s portrait shown left, what appeared in the first instance to be a realistic and very finely painted portrait is in fact, on closer inspection, more of an impressionistic painting. To some degree, Bo Bakker owes this style of painting to the artist Herman Gordijn, who influenced him during his studies at Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam. Gordijn pointed out to him that his rapidly painted portrait was more convincing then those paintings that he created more finely.