Daan van Doorn studied at the Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam. His work has been seen in exhibitions in the Netherlands, London and Dubai. He was commissioned to paint Princess Beatrix, when Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, in 2000. Van Doorn’s work was previously selected for the BP Portrait Award 2011.
The portrait is of the composer Philip Glass who agreed to sit for van Doorn when he visited the artist’s home town. Glass was an important subject for van Doorn as he had been inspired to become an artist after seeing Chuck Close’s portrait of the same sitter made in 1969.