Tostiej a.k.a. Joost Knipping (1994) is a Dutch artist based in The Hague. His art focusses on abstract paintings in the neo-expressionism traditions, and is inspired by his art heroes Basquiat, Banksy, Pablo Picasso and A.R. Penck.
Works by Tostiej are characterized as a balance between chaos and power. Each piece is unique in its own way by form, color and composition. Throughout his process of making art, he is constantly challenged by his emotions to find the right balance on his canvas to express himself.
For Tostiej: “his inner self decides how his body and mind reacts on the canvas. It’s always a battle with his pencil, emotions and perceptions to make the right decisions while moving spontaneously to the finish line.”
Joost considers himself as a young multifunctional and flexible artist. He finds his inspiration in “differences”, things what he does not understand but feels highly attractive to. Especially non-Western cultures such as: African, Asian & South American cultures. These cultures are known for their extensive amount of empowerment, color, expression and liveliness which gives Joost a boost of inspiration to express him in different creative ways.
He is making his art at home in his atelier what he shares with his mother, Patricia Knipping-Röst a.k.a Patrice. Tostiej works by the RRR-method, in other words: the Re-use, Re-duce & Re-cycle method. What it means is, instead of buying and consuming new things (such as a new canvas or new paint and pencils) he finds his canvasses on the street, that he calls Wall art and buys his paint and pencils trough second hand stores instead of buying new ones. And the goal of this method is to create upcycling art.
Joost is still a beginner when it comes to sharing his art to the world. But step by step he will show more and more of his artsies.
Soon he will start with his first exposition in The Hague, but that is still in progress titled: “coming soon.”