PATTA Q&A: THIJS KAUFFMANN

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In line with our upcoming capsule collection with Dutch artist Thijs Kauffmann we had a little chat with him to get to know him and find out what he is up to!

Who are you, and where are you from?
My name is Thijs Kauffmann, I live in Amsterdam.

What keeps you occupied on a daily basis?

I am an artist. I make sculptures, paintings and films and, also use photography and silkscreen. I extract ideas and images from daily situations.

How did you connect with Patta for this project?
Vincent van de Waal, the creative director of Patta, came to see my exhibition at Allard Wildenberg Art Projects, Naarden, 2013, and immediately was enthousiastic about the paintings I had made. He suggested they’d make a nice design for their clothing.

What inspired you to use rocks as a base for your paintings?
Part of the year I live with my family in Götheborg, Sweden. The rocks are very characteristic for that area. I wanted to capture that overwhelming nature on my canvas. I like to experiment with techniques, try to come up with something myself. At the time I was working with wax and waterpaint, like batik printng. The structure of the rocks were a good motif to use for this technique.

Light is often times an important factor in your work, is there a specific reason for this?
All we see is light. It is the source of life. For many years now I‘ve taken photos from the sunset on the west coast of Sweden. I like the idea of the sunset at the west coast. Sunset in the west as a state of mind.

What is is your favourite graphic at the moment and why? (art, photography, videos)
This year I was at the Prada art foundation in Milan, there I saw a painting by Yves Klein. Although it was made in the 1950s, it looked so vivid as if it was made yesterday. It also relates to the cave paintings at the times of Lascaux. This trancendence in time gave me a very special feeling.

Which music artists are you currently listening to and would you recommend others?
I’m listening to Otis Redding, Sitting on the Dock of the Bay. It is the perfect song, so simple. The lyrics remind me of the book "De Uitvreter" from the Dutch writer Nescio. At the end of the book he is just sitting, staring at the sun.

What is your favourite travel destination?
Morocco

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