An ASA Artist Interview with Hugo “DHM” Mulder.
1. Your solo show is almost coming up. What is the big difference this time in the artwork, compared to your older artworks?
This show is a collection and overview of paintings I started with in 2010, from the time I discovered this new style and all paintings are in this same style. Before that I was trying to find and do a new style/concept with every painting I did. So with these paintings I could really go deep into it and try to get better with every painting. And I’m still far from finished with it.
2. What mediums do you use this show to make the artworks and is there any new progress in new mediums or formats that you use?
All the paintings are acrylic on canvas and all hand painted (except for a few small background stencil items in the earlier pieces)I’m not really looking for new mediums to work with as I sort of crystallized out how all the different stuff I use works together and how to fix problems like one paint type not working together with another. Its nice to have that stuff down and you can focus on the piece itself.
3. Where does your passion for details and precise work come from?
As a graphic designer, I am used to creating super tight graphics with perfect lines and curves on the computer, and you can zoom in like 6400% to really get stuff perfect. I know some artist that can make a great image out off a few freehand lines, I could never do that, I just wasn’t born with that skill. On the other hand, I also see a lotta work from artists that look great from like 5 meters away but when you come closer, to me it looks a bit sloppy and lazy, I would not be happy with that myself and I’m maybe my biggest critic when it comes to perfection.
4. What is the next step in to the future of streetart in your opinion?
The next step would be to drop the “street” and just call it art, cause thats what it is basically. I see people do stuff on walls that runs circles around most stuff seen in galleries for instance.
5. What do you think of the influence of designers in the street art and graffiti scenes?
There is a whole generation of designers that grew up with street art and graffiti, and they understand the visual language of it. Naturally this slipped into graphic and even architectural and industrial design, I really like that, it opened up a whole range of new ways to design stuff. And it also works the other way around, some street pieces are really tight graphic design works.
6. I have seen a big progress in your artwork. What do you think about your own progress of the last years?
Its all about getting confident with the style and techniques you work in, and of course, practice makes perfect. Or in other words… WORK, WORK, WORK!