Check out our latest ASA artist interview with Roy Schreuder!
- We are a big fan of your work. What is coming up that we need to know?
Thanks! I will be travelling a lot this year. In June, I will paint some big walls at Roskilde festival in Denmark and later this year I will travel around Germany, Portugal and South-East Asia to get some work done there.
- What mediums do you use at the moment to make the artworks and are there any new progress in new mediums or formats?
I mainly paint walls, electricity boxes and other objects in public space. Every now and then I work on canvas or wood, like I did for my exhibition earlier this year. When it comes to paint I only use spray cans, besides the occasional bucket of latex paint. Spray cans still seem to be the best and fastest tool to produce strong images on walls. I try to push myself to progress in use of colors and to make pieces fit in their environment.
- How do you look at the Dutch street art and graffiti scene?
I think we have a really big and diverse scene here. In every aspect of the scene whether it is street art, legal graffiti or train writing, there are guys that try to push it to the next level. The scene is always changing and evolving, so that works as a good motivation.
- In your opinion, what is does the future look like for street art?
Who’s to say? To be honest, I don’t have a clue. Street art is widely appreciated nowadays and it seems to survive the hype. I think more and more cities will ask artists to brighten up their walls and make them a bit more interesting.
- If you have to choose, which city would you like to conquer next?
There isn’t one specific city. However, I would like to travel to cities or smaller villages that have not been exposed to a lot of street art and graffiti yet. In some of the big cities there is almost an overkill of murals and pieces, so it might be more interesting to work in areas where it is still something special.
- I have seen a big progress in your artwork. What do you think about your own progress of the last years?
I think it has been a good step to mainly do freehand work, next to my stencils. Now most of the walls that I paint are freehand and it just gives you a lot more options to work with a specific spot and freestyle a bit more. Therefore the results also get more surprising.
- You are a very dedicated artist and travel around the world. Is there any advise you can give to younger dedicated artists?
For some reason most writers are into travelling and getting their name up abroad. In almost every city there is a friend of a friend that has a good hook-up. Crash on their couches and return the favour when they are visiting your city. For me, this has been a great way to meet people around Europe and I would recommend anyone to do the same.
- What is the biggest change in the last twenty years if you look at street art and graffiti scene?
Haha. You should ask the old schoolers. Even though many people see it as a negative change, I think the internet has done a lot for the graffiti scene overall. It’s incredibly easy to find likeminded people and stay in contact with friends abroad. Also the flow of inspiration is pretty much endless. I think this is one of the reasons why styles and subjects painted by different artists got so diverse.
- What is your favorite work of the last year?
The experiments with positive and negative images I would say. I think they turned out pretty well and there is still a lot of space to explore that further.
- You won the first Dutch Street Art Award for Best Talent. How did this made you feel and what does it mean?
It’s nice to get credits for the work that you do and almost surreal to get an award for it. I am happy with the award and it has a nice spot on the shelf in my house.