Collin van der Sluijs has been working towards a career in art, since the age of 12. The Dutch street artist has received formal training in painting and theory, in the Netherlands. His style is a unique blend of raw emotion, often depicting a dichotomy, which can be described as an unsettling elegance. This dichotomy extends past initial aesthetics and ventures into how we wrestle with our human and animal instincts.
I caught up with Collin after the culmination of his most recent show with Super-A. ‘Back and Forth’ wrapped up on July 13th, at First Amendment Gallery in downtown San Francisco. The successful show had works for available ranging in price from $225-$6000.
There are a lot of great pieces still available here:
LD: Have you found social media has introduced new collectors to your work and art collecting in general?
CVDS: Things have changed a lot now that you can put work up on the Internet. Some people say it is bad etc., but personally I think it is great. You can connect and spread your work like never before. As long as you keep it in balance, it is ok in my opinion. But for collecting it is still important to see the work in the flesh.
LD: Do you have any advice for new art collectors or individuals who are contemplating entering the hobby?
CVDS: Don't follow the hype; collect what you like.
LD: You recently had a joint exhibition with Super-A at First Amendment Gallery (Back and Forth). Your pieces ranged in price from $225-$6200. Why was it important to make your art available to all collectors?
CVDS: Well, for the show we wanted to show the whole aspect of what we do, from small drawings to big works on linen. The spectator sees the whole package, which is important to me. And indeed, I like to make small works affordable. In the past there were younger kids that saved money to buy a small drawing.
And I come from a normal working class background, so when you wanted to have something, you had to work for it and you realize the value of a dollar. It will always be special to me when someone wants to own something you made, whether it is a $225 drawing or $6000 painting.
LD: On your Instagram, you mentioned that three paintings were lost in transit. Which ones were lost and did they eventually make it into the show?
CVDS: That is quite a story indeed! Two collabs and one big portrait were lost. I sent them together with works on paper in a big tube, and when it arrived in SF the tube was sealed but the canvasses were missing. This occurred three days before we went to SF, so that was quite a shock. So I called FedEx and they had no clue, but they opened an investigation. My first thought was bye-bye canvasses. After we arrived, we made two new big works within two days of the show, in the basement of the gallery. And suddenly in the middle of the night, I received a call from FedEx stating that they found the works in Memphis! Nobody seems to know what happened, but a couple of days before the opening, they were delivered in SF. Suddenly, we had more work in the show!
LD: All of the exhibited pieces were beautiful and haunting, did you have any favorites or pieces where the meaning meant more to you?
CVDS: My favorite thing about this show was the total presentation. Each piece was important.
LD: What can we expect from Collin van der Sluijs, in the future?
CVDS: This year so far, there were a couple of good outdoor projects, and a couple more coming up. And I am working on some pieces for group shows, and have started working for a big show in 2018...more details will follow!
*Photos are taken from First Amendment Gallery*