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Dutch artist Eric Basstein started painting on an early age and at the age of 19 he went to art school.
After 10 years in the music scene he felt that the need to paint again got bigger and bigger. In 2015 Eric decided to switch back to painting and this time with full focus. He took his experience from his musical background with him, and used that for his paintings.
Inspired by the similarities between art and music, the way modern music is created by combining samples just like paintings are constructed by layering imagery, he developed a process that uses this approach when constructing work. Combining images from fashion magazines with a piece of a comic book illustration or a part of classic painting, felt similar to sampling a bass line or snare when creating hip hop music.
Eric lists his inspirations as Velasquez, Caravaggio, Rubens or Francis Bacon, as well as the music by A Tribe Called Quest, MF Doom or Madlib.