We're off to the Netherlands! Today we're dropping in on Rinske Dekker, a talented artist living in Amsterdam. When Rinske finished Art school, she worked at an art-supplies store and last year, went on a world-trip with her boyfriend. That’s when she decided to become a full time artist. Rinske is quite prolific with her paintings and I love her varied styles. Her landscape paintings are divine, her characters charming and colorful. I found myself nodding in agreement through much of of our Q &A, and hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
Where do you live?
Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
What is your favorite outing in Amsterdam?
Going to the vegetarian restaurant De Waaghals, or a cute little Japanese restaurant Morita-Ya on the Zeedijk. Dancing at The Beat Club. Just walking or cycling through the city. Going to museums and galleries, of course.
What's the best thing about your city?
That you can go everywhere on your bike, and it’s just a beautiful, old city.
What's one thing about you that would surprise people?
I don't know, ( I have always considered myself an open book. You can almost always tell how I feel, unfortunately). Hopefully I will surprise people as an artist. :)
Who are your favorite artists?
Oh, so many, it changes all the time as I keep discovering artists (on the Internet, books, museums, galleries, and through friends). Right now, for example, I am in love with the landscape-paintings of Filarski and Mondriaan. I always admire Pieter Pander, Takanobu Kobayashi, and Yoshitomo Nara.
Who do you admire and why?
Anyone who is doing what he/she wants to do.
What's the last great book you read?
I have to confess I haven't read novels for a while. I did read Harry Potter and loved it, I love fantasy. And a lot of inspirational books. The two last ones are Filarski and an album about Japan, through the eyes of 17 comic artists.
What's your favorite film*?
So many to choose from! Office Space, Big Lebowski, Bottle Rocket and all the other films Of Wes Anderson, Science of Sleep and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lost in Translation. And don't forget Spirited Away and almost all of the Ghibli-films.
*Editor's note: Rinske and I seem to be separated at birth. All of her favorite films, are my favorite films! I also am seeing a trend here in the interviews - Wes Anderson and Coen Brothers films are high on the list of favs. I wonder what that says about us?
If you could photograph anyone in the world, who might that be?
Very difficult question, that could be anyone in the world! But the first thing that came to mind is Sam Rockwell because I didn't photograph him when I had the chance! We were in your city (San Francisco) last year, in a cool alternative cafe, and he was there too. Our first, and only, Hollywood-celebrity and a cool one too! But we were both too shy, we just stood there giggling and pretending we didn't see him. And I had a camera around my neck! Tsss.
Who would you like to sit down to tea with?
Also a very difficult question. Jonathan Ross, Stephen Fry, Michel Gondry, Nara, Theo Maassen (although I think that would be a beer rather than tea). Very strange that the first names that came to mind are men...Anyone I can have a good and fun conversation with.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
I like to stay up all night on my little island I create on the couch, with the television on or music, laptop on lap, browsing on internet (mostly flickr) with tea and my sketchbook next to me.
Is there anything you would change about yourself?
Oh yes. Self-discipline.
What is your most treasured belonging?
My boyfriend shouted: "me!" And my photos.
What do you have really good taste in?
My boyfriend's answer: "everything". So I think men : ) I think color.
What is your idea of living hell?
When people who don’t care anymore. And being homeless.