Recently I had a nice conversation with Paul Blais about my work for 'The Potters Cast' show.
Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk | Episode 91
Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk studied Graphic and Typographic design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, The Netherlands (Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag).
After graduation Pepijn focused more on illustrating and painting. This was the beginning of Cirque dextraordinaire or what later became his alias and studio name Cirque de Pepin.
Pepijns circus, as a metaphor for a place where anything can happen.
How would you define you?
As an artist I am very open minded. I am very interested in different cultures. I am open to different people and different kinds of art.
What kind of habits do you employ to make sure you are creative in your life?
Try to spend time with my family. That is good always. I do fun things with my kids, playing soccer, things like that. Swimming and archaeology, I am very much interested in old stuff. Those are things outside my art life. Doing things that keep your mind off your work keeps you fresh, that is important for me to stay creative.
What was one of your most embarrassing moments as an artist?
I have made some financial mistakes. For a commission I should have asked for more money.
What is the best advice you have been given to be successful as an artist?
What someone told me was that if you have this idea in your head you have to always be very open to it. If you have this idea you really have to make this work. As an artist try to make this idea a reality. Always try to make it work.