About this event
During the opening of ClinkNOORD in 2015, Ottograph painted this piece, called Claus. It’s a portrait of Prince Claus, the late husband of former queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
Prince Claus van Amsberg originated from Germany. When the Prince Claus and Beatrix announced their engagement, just after the Second World War, there was a lot of commotion because of his German nationality. Later he won the hearts of the Dutch by the work he did in developing countries. For his 70th birthday the Dutch government launched the Prince Claus Fund. This fund distributes money to support culture and development in developing countries.
About the artist
Ottograph, a large-scale muralist, has been slinging paint since the age of ten. Starting out in Amsterdam, where he is from, and then moving on to become an internationally sought after artist, Ottograph has established himself squarely in the middle of the global street and graffiti art movement. Simultaneously though, Ottograph has bridged the fine art gap with his work, an advantage that comes with age and time dedicated to painting. The Modern Art Museum of Antwerpen (Belgium) is home to a giant Ottograph mural.
Otto has also painted murals in Moscow, Tokyo, Berlin New York and San Fancisco. Ottograph’s contribution to street art extends beyond his own work, as he is also a community leader, having organized several cooperative painting commissions and operating the website “I Paint Everyday” www.ipainteveryday.com to encourage the tedious, yet necessary practice of serious painting. Ottograph has worked for clients like Greenpeace, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Mars, Ford, and Merecedes-Benz.