The marvelous paintings and illustrations by graffiti-inspired Danish artist Jakob Tolstrup describe his worldview in the humorous way of someone who was born in the middle of nowhere – the countryside of Denmark. During the last couple of years, Jakob not just pushed his amazing painting series forward, experimenting with different techniques, materials and mediums, but also worked together with different galleries and invoiced several papers and magazines for his illustration works.
My earlier work use to have a lot of political content, but as I grow older I got more and more disillusioned about society… (Jakob Tolstrup)
Last year, I got the chance to meet Jakob Tolstrup in his Berlin studio, and photographed him while preparing paintings for his first solo-show in the German capital! I really enjoyed watching him creating those clean, amusing artworks with their more or less hidden messages.
Recently, LDWT published a nice interview with him, talking about his early years as an artist, growing up in Denmark, past experiences and cultural influences that affected his art. It’s definitely worth reading it. Furthermore, you should check out Jakob’s website for more impressions of his great works: www.jakobtolstrup.dk