Tim Mastik

Tim Mastik is an interactive designer born in Rotterdam. He has a passion for mastering techniques and to learn from others as well. That’s why part of the New Chique Gallery artworks are a collaboration between him and Rotterdam artist Lucie Draai. A collaboration described as “Exploring the boundaries between concept and experiment, between structure and chaos, between strict and playful.”

Hi, where do you live, where are you from?

I was born and raised in the streets of Rotterdam. Recently, though, I moved to a little village near Rotterdam. A place where real silence exists.

How does this place influence you artistically?

"You can take the boy out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the boy", haha. No seriously, Rotterdam is still where the heart is. It's where my friends, work and roots are located. Besides that it's a great city which is becoming more interesting every day.

I'm influenced by the synergy of people and atmosphere. Last year I did some collabo's with other local artists which has led to a good learning process and some great new friendships. I can really recommend this to every individual artist.

What are you focusing on in your work at the moment?

I'm a real perfectionist and a sucker for quality. Currently I'm really focusing on the process itself. Making a nice digital image isn't that hard these days but making a nice physical piece of art is different.

For me this challenge comes down to creating a very accurate translation of my analog work to digital and vice versa. With that, materials, colors, techniques and various combinations play an important role in my work.

What are your finest moments?

At the moment of transition from a digital file to a physical object. For example when I worked on a digital file for a long time and the first paper with fresh ink reveals itself from underneath the screen printing frame.

And your worst?

'The application Illustrator has quit unexpectedly.'

How do you start working a new artwork?

I have no predetermined recipe which guarantees success or what so else. The last prints I did were a collaboration with Lucie Draai. The method that we used was one of us started with a layer and the other responded and so on. Both of us did two or more layers and we finished with a final composition. But It depends, sometimes it's a potential digital or physical sketch which leads to something, the other time it's more of a mission with concrete goals like with commissioned work.

Finally, what do we really not know about you yet?

I'm a professional climbing route setter.

Tim Mastik