Peter Donkersloot (Arnhem, 1959) is a Dutch artist. After his studies at the Arnhem Art Academy, Peter was a freelance illustrator for various publishing and advertising agencies. In his spare time he painted artistically. At the end of 1987, he discovered that the combination of work and ambition were not going well anymore and he forced himself to make a decision.
Peter Donkersloot paints traditionally according to the old layer over layer. Transparent layers over each other give the paintings more depth and the colors are ‘warmer’. This can’t be achieved by coloring directly from the tube. The old masters worked in the same way with oil-based home-made oils. Because of the slow drying they had to wait, sometimes even weeks, before they could add an extra layer.
This is the reason why many artists, such as Donkersloot, now work with the fast-drying acrylic (water-based) to achieve the same effects. Donkersloot also makes use of silkscreen prints of the paintings of old masters, which he covers in whole or in part, with a view to transforming the ‘original’ into a new, modern painting.
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