NOMER (born 1977) a pseudonym of Remon de Jong, who was born in Heerenveen in The Netherlands and now lives and works near Amsterdam. He has a background in streetart, graphic design and animation – "but of all the different stuff I’ve did, painting is what drives me most."
How did you get into art?
As long as I can remember I’ve been drawing and painting. When I got into graffiti I’ve started to make bigger works in a faster way. I did a lot of commissioned work which made me start as a professional artist. Since 1995 I am working in a lot of different fields with my art, but abstract painting is something close to my heart.
How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?
I am now totally into paint, spray paint and brushstrokes and I am constantly experimenting with these elements and their behaviour. My style has references to my graffiti background. They are painted quick and with bright colours in small and medium sizes. At this moment I am experimenting with digital techniques in combination with physical artworks.
How do you go about developing your work?
I am constantly challenging myself to learn new stuff, keep an open mind and to connect with others. I am visiting a lot of openings and art fairs to see great art up close. All the impressions I am getting during the day I take with me in my studio. They someway translate into visual works. A part from this I am reading a lot, I do meditation and am into the Wim Hof breathing technique. This keeps my mind calm and open.
Who or what influences you?
In my daily paintings I just process the day. Shapes and colours that made an impression, a feeling or a conversation. So every day life is always playing a big role in my works. A part from that I am constantly looking for new ways and techniques to create my works. I am inspired by Robert Zandvliet, Emo Verkerk, Pierre Soulages and Niels SHOE Meulman. Painters with very different works. And living close to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam I cannot forget Rembrandt. He is in a league of his own.
Make us curious. What is planned next?
In the upcoming months I continue to paint every day and post the results to my Instagram page. In the meanwhile, I am working on an art project about the brushstrokes of Rembrandt. We’ve planned a big exhibition in Amsterdam at the end of this year. And there is some NFT stuff on it’s way also.