Artist Spotlight: Mathieu Schellekens

Mathieu is an illustrator, artist and printmaker from Amsterdam, we sat down and had a chat with him.

GIULIA: How long have you been an artist?

MATHIEU: For as long as I can remember I've been addicted to creating lines. I've been using the HB pencil ever since I was a little kid. But since my decision to quit the art academy, I started to take it more seriously as I was responsible for my own income and I realised It was now or never. This was around 4 years ago.

GIULIA: What inspired your work?

MATHIEU: I always like to create a compelling narrative, without trying to shove a direct meaning/ politics in most of my drawings. I like to leave some meaning and story up to the beholder. I'm very much inspired by the art of Moebius, he is a master in this regard. As well as Kim Jung Gi, and of course Salvador Dali! Technique-wise i'm very much intrigued by the old masters of printing and the traditional ways of hatching like the old engravings/etchings.

GIULIA: What is your background?

MATHIEU: I grew up in a family of creatives. My dad is a painter, my mom a writer, my sister is a musician (Julia, also in Treehouse), my grandfather a photographer. So as I was addicted to drawing my whole life, it seemed like a logical decision to go to art school. but after quitting WDKA after the first year. And HKU after this, also within the first year, I decided to teach myself  exactly the things I wanted to learn, in the way I wanted to. Some people thrive by being forced out of their comfort-zone (what the academy does) but for me this only caused a lot of frustration, as I had a clear view of what I wanted to create, and how. 

GIULIA: Whose work are you a fan of within treehouse?

MATHIEU: I really like the clean and atmospheric/ organic illustrations of Olf de Bruin.

And I feel compelled to work on a children's book, Since Rachelle Meyer has done quite some experience with this type of work, I'm really glad to have met her as she could review my ideas to send me in the right direction. 

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