Life and man fascinate artist Sam Drukker (1957). The human spirit and all the imperfections we possess as humans are a driving force behind his figurative work. Drukker paints people in all their facets in his characteristic, idiosyncratic way. He portrays the sitter with accurate brushstrokes. The inner world and imperfection are central here. His work arises from emotion and his paintings evoke emotion in the viewer.
The book Sam Drukker | De man in de spiegel – Zelfportretten proves why Drukker has also impressed with his self-portraits for decades. He shows the viewer all his vulnerability and strength without embarrassment. Reluctantly, Drukker paints himself and provides his portrait with a psychological commentary. Naked, in his true form. In his own way he gives substance to a genre that has become classic in which the artist, the mirror and the canvas fight each other in a triangular relationship. It is the first time that Sam Drukker’s self-portraits have received such attention. An outspoken oeuvre that he has built up in forty years and is now highlighted in this beautiful book. Sam Drukker | De man in de spiegel – Zelfportretten is the book accompanying the retrospective of self-portraits of the same name in the Drents Museum in Assen, which can be seen from April 2022.