My artist statement
The start of my life was rough. I developed ways to survive like pretending to be fine, acting unbreakable and laughing a lot.
Although I’m not bothered by my past anymore, these ways became a part of me and ooze through in my work. I am highly positive but also deeply hate injustice and everything that’s fake and dishonest.
That is exactly what my work is about, I show the happy side, I chase true joy and energy and at the same time vulnerability and honesty. It is very double. But art is easily unmasked when it is not sincere. My work is about reality and the fragile bright side.
I want to be able to paint or draw everything that the eye can see, in my handwriting. It must be clear to the observer what it is that I see when I view the world around me. When I draw a chair for example, my goal is to draw my chair, the way I see it in my handwriting, in a way that my soul oozes through the drawn chair. You will see me. Simple and without finery or ‘opsmuk’.
And on top of that, I think a work is only of good quality if it gets better the more you look at it.
I was educated at the art academy ArtEZ in Arnhem. My work can mostly be found in Amsterdam. On the streets (I do a lot of street art) and in many exhibitions. I have participated in many national and international exhibitions, projects and art fairs. My work is included in private and institutional collections like the MAL Collection Ger van Dam in Loppersum, the Private collection of Hans Melchers (owner Scheringa collection), The Amsterdam court of justice collection, Tjongerschans collection in Heerenveen.
The Amsterdam Museum even has five pieces by me: they acquired two from my project ‘Art at the Scrapyard’, and they have two pieces of street art in their collection which they ‘stole’. They also bought the fine I received for illegally posting my work through Amsterdam