SPOTTED: finals student Fine Art Stijn van Casteren in NRC
NRC made a series in which the newspaper highlights the 2022 graduation students of the Dutch art academies. In the newspaper of 21 July, attention is paid to Stijn van Casteren, finals student Fine Art at ArtEZ AKI Academy of Art & Design in Enschede.
It all started for Stijn with graffiti, which he believes is an outlet to shape the urban world to his liking. His paintings are a next step. With them, he deals with themes such as violence and a certain transience and detachment from the world.
Stijn tells NRC that the viewer can fill in the emotion of the painting themselves: "The friction in the work, loneliness, emptiness or melancholy, everyone experiences. But otherwise everyone has their own view of it." To see Stijn's work, you can visit the city of Enschede, where Stijn will soon make a mural.