Thick lines and lovely ladies, that’s what Dutch autodidact artist Claudia Hek , age 34, is all about. Inspired by Pop Art, old school tattoo imagery and 40’s & 50’s pin-ups, Claudia Hek’s work reflects her view of beauty that sends a bright spark into the world. Using bright colors and primarily women’s figures in all manner of professions (pirate wench to gun-slinging bandit), Claudia had created a new vision of these timeless subjects by evoking the raw modern passion of a bygone era in her paintings. Not only is Claudia a talented painter, but she is a prolific poster designer for bands worldwide. She also creates logos and stickers, t-shirts designs for bands, clothing labels and burlesque starlettes all around the world and has her own line of T-shirts that she sells in various shops and through her website.
I was born on the rustic island Terschelling. I never really fit in there and dropped out of school on an early age and then decided to move to Amsterdam. There, I got introduced to the rock & roll scene by working in bars and playing in bands. This also was my introduction to graphic design since I’d always been drawing and painting but mainly realistic portraiture and women’s figures. But through making posters for shows, my work got more graphic with thick outlines.
I have been working on a freelance base for the last 9 years and had exhibitions worldwide and her work is well known in the underground scene. I live in a real cozy house in Amsterdam with my two cats Binkie & Bonkie. I’m not a 9-5 studio type of person so she works at home and prefer to shut herself off from the world like a medieval monk just working on her art.
For paintings, I work with Golden acrylics and for my graphics I work by making several sketches and then creating the final design by using fine liners, Indian ink and brushes and doing the refining and coloring in in the computer using Photoshop.
Thanks to Claudia for inspiring us!
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