Published on May 4th, 2013 | by gatsbyadmin0
Dutch Artist – Claudia Hek – Interview
Yesterday in Denver, Colorado we got to attend a very special art show at Hoodlab. Claudia Hek‘s art debut in the USA!!! Claudia has an extensive art back ground and has been making masterpieces for today’s collector for over a decade now. And she has an unbelievable array of show posters. She is well known for her tattoo flash, album art, and posters for the under ground world all over the globe. She practically sold out of her art at the show. To say she “Keeps it Gatsby” is an understatement….she is making it Gatsby daily. And we appreciate that….
GG: What inspirations do you use know for your art?
CH: “The images pop in my head. Maybe a song I hear or an image I conjure and then it manifests over time into the art that you see.”
GG: How have you enjoyed your trip to Denver so far?
CH: “Good…..We overcame a flat tour on the way here. That was exciting and the cops even came to help us. It’s been a great time so far.”
GG: What should we watch for this spring from you?
CH: “When I get back to Holland, I have a show at the Amsterdam Tattoo Convention. The first weekend of June..I believe. It’s in the Rai. It’s a really big show so I’m excited. Female & Partners is after that one and another show in Austin, TX in the Fall…”
GG: What type of music do you listen to when you paint?
CH: “Rock & Roll….I like country music, blue grass….Reverend Dead Eye from Denver that comes to mind. He toured over in Europe and I have that poster on display here at Hoodlab…”
From her bio:
“Raised by a beachcomber on the rustic Dutch island of Terschelling, Claudia realized at an early age that she didn’t quite fit in with the small island community. Feeling locked in, she dropped out of school, packed her things and moved to the big city: Amsterdam. It was here that she was first introduced to the rock ‘n roll lifestyle. Working in bars and playing the drums in a number of local garage and country bands, Claudia created her own band posters, quickly growing a reputation for creating original pop art inspired posters for concerts in the underground scene.
But her success and popularity haven’t meant that she’s has been taking it easy. Claudia has gone through quite a transformation. Seeking to develop herself further, scratching away at the surface to get to what really matters, the Dutch artist has gone from strength to strength, both in her personal life, as well as in her art.
Still inspired by Americana, tattoo and rock ‘n roll culture, Claudia has ditched her graphic style for a more layered approach, both literally and figuratively. Where previously her work consisted of lovely ladies inspired by the pin-ups of the 50s and 60s, Claudia’s new work is inspired by a new found inner strength. Cute sassy pin-ups have made way for heartbroken but strong powerful women, totemistic animals and rock ‘n roll icons. Thick lines and computer editing have been replaced by layers of paint and ritualistic objects, like the series of crucifixes Claudia has been painting and decorating over the past year and the tarot deck she dreams of one day making a reality.”