ILLUSTRATION BY BART NIJSTAD
Netherlands,Groningen-based Artist Bart Nijstad ( tumblr / facebook ) - "In my drawings, comics and video’s everyday subjects play an important role. The environments I create and the topics I raise are sober and Dutch. With recognizable motifs I try to create a familiar world. This world can be a wall plug, a swarm of crows or the interior of a train. In addition to the subjects and environments in my work that depict the real world, there are dream sequences or alienating events. Thus it may happen that in my work a person standing in a bathroom is shown. Unlike the science fiction films and disaster movies I love, the characters in my work are often anti-heroes. They lack the typical features assigned to ordinary hero’s like intelligence, beauty, strength or determination. The characters are either based upon myself or people I know from my surroundings and are transformed in such a way that they become unrecognisible and individual."