Tymon De Laat

Tymon de Laat Interview – 21- 08-2021

1- How do you define yourself? How do you define your projects?

The work do can be on all kinds of surfaces like canvas walls or objects, i Have been called a visual artist but see myself more of a painter.

Tymon de Laat – @tymondelaat https://www.instagram.com/tymondelaat/?hl=fr

2- How did you start working on street art?

When i was a young kid i dabbled a bit with cans and markers but not much came out of it. I Did some small commissioned walls on the side, for me it feel like the start of this creative adventure was in 2004 painting full time since.

3- Where do you find the inspiration to create your projects? Are they modifiers of urban space?

Most of my inspiration finds it’s origin in my love for exploring various cultures, it be back packing through latin america on a shoestring or visiting local cultures world wide when i am invited to paint walls in different countries. It is the personal encounters with locals that stick with me the most, their way and outlook on life is something that keeps my facination. This i try to convert to my work on walls and canvas.

4- What does Street Art represent for you in this constantly changing world?

I think it is important to paint about the things you are passionate and have something to say about. For me that is a sense of adventure and share a visual reminder that we are all people that in essence share a common goal. When you can paint this in a public space the reach is much bigger that when it is on a canvas behind closed doors. Street art or mural-ism is a great way to get the message out there and freely accessible for everybody. The murals we see now a days are a visual reflection of our times and a documentation of where we stand as a humanity.

5- Do you think Street Art should be legal or should it continue to be a form of art pursued by the police? Have you ever had problems?

Each to their own ofcourse but i would prefer to paint on walls in the outdoor better than inside a cell 😉

6- How long does it usually take to prepare each project?

That all depends on each individual project size and how many parties are involved, hard to say what a general prepp would take but let’s say a couple of days. With my work i like to shoot my own reference photos and build up a image bank, so this can take some extra time especially when i want to use images of indigenous people that usually live abroad.

 Interview conducted by Art Bill – journalist and owner of Street Art In Action.

«Madre Tierra.«

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