I've been interested in computers from a young age and went to my grandfather’s house a lot- he was the first person I knew to have a home PC. He also used to paint and I think that artistic environment of canvasses and brushes inspired me subconsciously. I later became interested in graffiti and graphic design and slowly developed my talents.
I studied graphic design in Eindhoven and had some internships at advertising agencies. This was a great way to explore the world of applied arts. Right after my studies I set up my own studio where I do lots of graphic and online design.
Canvas, paint, oil sticks, markers, medium gels and lacquer.
Music is very influential for my productivity. I'm pretty eclectic when it comes to music, from hip hop to classical and from indie to metal. I love to zone out when I'm working and music helps transport me to another place.
When I'm finishing off works I use an apron and rubber gloves. The amount of clothes I ruined drove my wife nuts so I now have some sort of uniform!
I think I'd be a musician...but that also falls under 'artist' in my opinion.
Teis in his workshop
I went to see Ali Banisadr's work in Den Bosch recently, it was very colourful and playful with hints of figures taken from other paintings. The works were massive in size, that's something that appeals to me. The work becomes much more interesting when it's big, you can get sucked into the details. Another artist I recently went to see was the photographer Tim Walker. Also huge prints and beautifully framed. All works were inspired by the art of Heironymus Bosch.
I hope to come up with a new creative twist so I can extend my body of work but stay recognisable within my signature style. I'm steadily growing in my craft and want to maintain momentum. In 5 years time I hope to do more exhibitions abroad.
I'd like to make some bigger works within a themed series.
I'm currently working on a project with a company that makes tailor made shoes. My work is printed on the leather of gentlemen's shoes. My artworks will also be displayed in some shops in cities here in Holland so that's something I look forward too.
Teis in his workshop
I think sticking to your own plan and committing to the long run is a challenge many artists have these days. There's such an overload of really great work created everyday.
Fun, nice, life, beautiful.
Try and be on the lookout for as many things you can, techniques, materials and new technology. Really dig deep into all possibilities that are out there.
I mainly use it to show my latest works and I sometimes make stories when I'm working on new work. I do try to keep my personal life away from this and not obsessively focus on likes and views. But it's a great tool to reach people.