How did you get into art?I first came into contact with art through graffiti. Although graffiti may not often be highly regarded both morally and artistically, this period of my life laid the foundation for my career in art. My current work may not appear to have much in common with graffiti at first glance, but I think a trained eye can easily identify the influences. Thankfully, I'm glad to say my moral compass has corrected itself in the end.
How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?The work I create consists of abstract portraits. The portraits are created intuitively and expressively without reference photos, all from the mind. I think that my use of color and technique make my work special. The thick layers of paint are often not so apparent in digital images but they are an essential and distinctive element of my work. In addition, the free interpretation is an interesting aspect of my work, due to the abstract design of the portrait, the works are interpreted differently by everyone. This free interpretation always results in very diverse reactions.
On a deeper level, my works are a reflection of my state of mind when I am at work. In a sense, the works can be seen as conceptual self-portraits.
How do you go about developing your work?The development of the work never really stops. When I am working on a specific work, the next one is already being created. Although perfectionism is not a trait I would quickly attribute to myself, it does play a significant role in my work. It remains a major motivation for me to continually improve my work. At the same time, I am aware that this is an ongoing process without a final destination, the perfect work does not exist.
Who or what influences you?
First and foremost life, nature and the people around me. Very cliché, but that's what it is. Furthermore, Armando and Cy Twombly are artists who inspire me. In particular, the paintings of Armando (1929-2018) are very inspiring to me. If you ever have some time, look up the works of this Dutch artist!
Make us curious. What is planned next?Paint paint paint! A while ago, I updated my Instagram bio to say, "If you are looking for me, you can find me in the studio, probably covered in paint." And I must say, this statement has never been truer than it is now. The vibe in the studio is so good at the moment that I want to create as much work as possible during this phase. I'm going to squeeze out everything that's in it! I have two big international exhibitions planned for the autumn of 2023 and the spring of 2024. I'm going to need it!