Street Art: Collin van der Sluijs, The King Of ‘Pop Fantasy Life’
Dutch artist Collin van der Sluijs currently resides in Maastricht, where he works as an illustrator/painter and runs a gallery, ‘Galerie Groen lLicht’ for contemporary art. At the age of 11 Collin started working on the streets, a year later he attended the school for traditional painting in Goes, Netherlands where he learned the old techniques from painting and the theory from all paint mediums and how to applicate them. He spend 8 years at degree level studying various art disciplines, in various institutions, in different schools across the Netherlands.
Known as the king of ‘pop fantasy life’ for his dream-like depiction of stories about daily life, Collin van der Sluijs is inspired by “basically everything that surrounds me day”, the artist simply describing his work as personal pleasures and struggles in daily life.
Van der Sluijs uses lots of colors and fantasy images and his graffiti style is, as he calls it, ‘honest graffiti’. Currently he works both solely and in collaboration with fellow artist and good friend Rutger Termohlen. They’ve worked on a number of projects – sharing a vision on life and work – which as resulted in canvasses about daily life that question the society we live in.
Below we present some of his finest pieces of street art, collaborations or individual work.
1. Collin Van Der Sluijs & Rutger – Vienna, Austria – an “Alice In Wonderland” like setting painted in the heart of Vienna, with the collision between animals, people and objects, evident in Collin’s work, making its presence felt in the composition of this beautiful mural
2. Colin Van Der Sluijs & Super-A – Heerlen, Netherlands – the story behind this mural is that back in the days the mine workers would take a little bird down into the mines in Heerlen to track down gas leaks in the tunnels
3. Goodbye Monopol, Luxembourg murals – Collin van der Sluijs, Rutger Termohlen & Super-A joined forces in Luxembourg for the Goodbye Monopol project and this collaboration is beyond words – their styles meld together into a super cloud mass of awesomeness, almost like this dreamy explosion.
4. Collin Van Der Sluijs, Super-A & Rutger Termohlen – Breda, Netherlands – inspired by the sinister history of the location, which used to be a graveyard for people that died from the plague
5. Subwalk – a mural made by Collin for SUBWALK in the Rijnboog area that was connected to the dynamics of the neighborhood, featuring elements from the scene found in the way to the painting area, such as the parrots of an neighbour.