BASTIAAN MOL (1954)

Artist / illustrator based in Rotterdam , Netherlands.To go to  the paintings : click  GALERY and look for your subject of interest.Also visit my other art website and see videos with my work. Because of damaging my paintings by transportcompanies,I will not send any paintings that already are framed in glass by mail.Most of my paintings have already its passe-partout (matting) and sending those never gave any problems in sending , so buy confidently , they will be packed thoroughly .

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BASTIAAN MOL is a Rotterdam based artist/ illustrator in the Netherlands ( 1954 ) . After having painted autodidact from early age on , he went to the Academy of Applied Arts ROGER AVERMAETE in Antwerp during 5 years( 1986-1991) .The direction chosen was Illustration design .Materials he frequently uses are watercolours, pen+ink , gouache, pastels, graphite , and ofcourse acrylics on canvas .Bastiaan Mol sofar refuses the often seen digital paintings. It never comes close to painting with real textures, real paints and stays synthetic. All his works are also a one-off : NO prints are made , no prints are sold , it`s just the originals.

Commissions for all kinds of portraits ( head, or head to waist, or head to toe , even in the nude if requested ,are possible. From live sketches and photos taken by the artist, or from photos by the client ,but only high quality photos will work. Such a photo can be reworked into a personalized painting too.

From 1978-1995 he lived and worked in Brussels and Antwerp (Belgium)and Frankfurt am Main (Germany), before returning to his city of birth Rotterdam in 1995.

Subjects in his paintings are varied , but some subjects always keep returning. The male , dressed or undressed , in varied settings and materials is an important part. Sometimes combined with animals such as birds. Animals and especially birds are indeed returning subjects too. Hollywood and also music is a great inspiration.

From 2013-2019 Bastiaan Mol painted as much as 52 portraits of Portuguese fado-singers (socalled FADISTAS ).His love and interest for this special musicform brought him often to the Lisbon fadohouses to hear his beloved music live in the appropriate settings.Meanwhile all of the fadoscene in Lisbon knows him well and many of the portrayed fadosingers have become good friends. See>video (2019) https://vimeo.com/354487645 

Two of the fado portraits he painted are  part of the regular exhibition in the museum of the late great fadosinger/composer Alfredo Marceneiro. Grandson Vitor Marceneiro who owns this museum in Lisbon, made him a member of honor of the Associaçâo Alfredo Marceneiro , O Patriarca do Fado. Also a winelabel was designed after one of the fado paintings of Bastiaan Mol.

Having worked over 45 years as a professional tophairstylist and make-up artist in order to make money, his art had to come second place.From July 2016 on , his art is his life and he paints every day.

Bastiaan Mol is a member of the Rotterdam Artists Collective Karmijn.His work is on show, regularly at exhibitions in and around his city of Rotterdam.                    Exhibition of his paintings is planned from 14th of March- 26th of April 2020 , venue is art-café Het Pakhuys at Voorhaven , Historical Delfshaven (Rotterdam).2020 is the year that 400 years ago the Pilgrimfathers left europe for a new life in America and it will be celebrated at Historical Delfshaven,the place where they left!

Heroes are the Symbolists , Pre-Rafaelites , Aubrey Beardsley , Henry Scott Tuke , Alphonse Mucha , William Blake ,Lawrence Alma Tadema, the great illustrators of early 1900.