Hilma Bovenkerk

portraits & paintings

"I'm in love"

with this painting!

For real, this is the reaction I get sometimes! It makes my day of course, what more could a painter want?

Since time, people have had portraits made, of themselves or of that special person in their life. Who is, or who are, your dearest and best? Don't they deserve to be painted in the best artistic way possible? That person you want to keep close to your heart, that colleague you really appreciate.. I can't wait to help you honour them with a vibrant portrait, painted in a style that brings out their personality and character.

Children grow so fast you wish you could enjoy those past years over again, any time. We have photos, but nothing stays as fresh in the mind as a real painting.

acrylic portrait children

There are a lot of styles I can work with. Here, I have incorporated the colors and style the parents requested. This double portrait is painted on a relief of gel, in acrylic on board, 80 x 110 cm, 2021.

What style do you like?
Modern or traditional, abstract, colorful or more serene. The likeness being the first prerequisite, also the person's presence must be felt, and for that, we'll have to look further then 'skindeep'. Tell me what material, what style you like and together we work towards the best end result.

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My daughterJemimah, acrylic and graffiti on board, 70x90 cm

Here you see a portrait of Jemimah, my daughter. She is a makeup artist and makeup is her life. You can imagine, as her mother I'm always in awe of her beauty but also of her vibrant energy. Besides that, she has a heart of gold, so in conclusion, she deserves a portrait!

Looking around me..
Sometimes life around us moves me to do a portrait. In 2016, the refugee crisis shocked all of us, and I felt I had to 'do' something. The face of this child tells it all, and called for a more impressionistic, more painterly style.


Here I am sitting in the train on my way to its first exhibition. That photo in the newspaper I just had to paint.

A material story
The materials used tell a story of themselves sometimes. At the time I was working on a commission promoting the recycling of paper out of the sewerage water. Yes it smelled still, but it had been cleansed and dryed. I had to make a painting with this pulp, stacked up in bags in my studio. But also having this portrait in mind I thought: How appropriate... People are drowning in the sea, even children are now dumped just like waste material in our society! So I used it, as you can see, in the blanket around his head. The life around us, can be sad sometimes. To me, painting is just another way of expressing the things that touch me. So not only the use of color, but the feel of textures and reliefs can support that same expression.

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graffiti portrait

Here's a next one I made when my uncle celebrated his 90th birthday. Having first served in the Dutch marines, he later turned a business man and he always was my hero. I wanted to bring a little personal present with me, out of my deepest respect for this warm character, who always had a joke up his sleeve. He passed a year later. May he rest in peace. But, his son now enjoys this portrait with his family, and that makes still makes me happy inside.

I've always felt compelled to do a drawing of people who make a strong impression on me. Above you see a former member of my painting class. That look he had, when he be would listening but afterwards surprise us with his unique opinion on art.. Lovely. It takes me further than just realism, tapping into my fantasy.

TIP: Drawings are always very nicely priced!

Children's portraits
Children never cease to give me hope and joy, and why not put that liveliness in the spotlight?

This girl had no problems with that! So I picked up this photo out of all that the mother sent me of her.

aclylic and graffiti, paper on board, 70x90 cm

Water colors
Acrylic paint
Graffiti art
Oil paint
Mixed media
sketches and drawings

After you have chosen the size and the materials you can expect the following during the process:

- photo updates of the work

- intermediate finetuning  according to your input

- all works are delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity

- we can frame the work for you, there are numerous prices and options.

- an optional hanging system

- If you wish, an unveiling party can be arranged

No cure, no pay
Sounds kinda wrong, but it's kinda true. To avoid unpleasant surprises, you receive frequent reports so you can react to the process yourself.. I want to see 100% happy faces about my work, or else, well, I'll go back to my easel, or you decide to go elsewhere. That is just fair and square. Openness, honesty from both sides works best all the time.

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