BASTIAAN MOL (1954)
Artist / illustrator based in Rotterdam , Netherlands.
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BASTIAAN MOL is a Rotterdam based artist/ illustrator in the Netherlands ( 1954 ) . After having painted autodidactic from early age on he went at last to the Academy of Applied Arts ROGER AVERMAETE in Antwerp ,for a duration of 5 years .The direction chosen was Illustration design . Next to having been a professional tophairstylist/ make-up artist , having worked as such in various countries , he always have been busy with his drawings and paintings. Untill autumn 2016 ,when he decides choosing fulltime for his art. In 2013 a series of Dutch gardenbirds from his hands were noticed by a couple of American birdwatchers , after which the birds flew to San Diego. From 2013-2016 he painted 37 portraits of Portuguese FADOsingers. His love for the fado music doesn`t stay unnoticed in Lisbon and soon he became friends with all the wellknown fadosingers. Most of the painted portraits now are at home with the portrayed singers. Autumn 2016 Bastiaan Mol decides to paint a series of wellknown people from Rotterdam, that either are born in or mean a lot for that city. Seven double-portraits were painted and also for a duration of two months early 2017 exposed in a Rotterdam gallery in the historical part of Delfshaven. 2017 started out with a series of male nudes and again some birds. Materials frequently used are watercolours / gouache / pen-ink / acrylics on canvas / pastels/ pencils .
Heroes are the Symbolists , Pre-Rafaelites , Aubrey Beardsley , Henry Scott Tuke , Alphonse Mucha , William Blake ,the great illustrators of early 1900.