Remko Koopman is an artist from Leiden, Holland. He began writing graffiti in 1988 using the moniker Scage. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Art The Hague in 1998, Koopman started working as a graphic designer. He switched to making autonomous fine art in 2007. Together with artist Tamme de Boer from Zwolle he founded art collective Booyabase (named after the French fish soup Bouillabaisse). A tribute to the Beastie Boys’s song B-Boy Bouillabaisse with its eclectic mix of styles.

Koopman and De Boer combined the craftsmanship of graffiti with new techniques, to create a substantially lucid visual language. A style the duo called Retrofuturistic Industrial. The two artists work together in ‘freestyle modus’. Which means on the spot improvising (like playing ‘Free Jazz’). Most of the time no preparation sketches are made.

As for his solo work, Koopman’s drawings show a complex mash-up between organic structures and mechanical compounds. Living materials infused with non-organic elements. His paintings are characterized by striking futuristic images often including graphic shapes and a modern reinterpretation of Clair-obscur. A signature personal style was created by fusing elements of industrial architecture, technology, machinery, biological drawings and science fiction. For example fantasy visions of bioluminescent organisms infused with nano-robotic elements. Influences come from artists such as Escher, Moebius, Geiger and illustrator Ernst Haeckel (‘Art Forms In Nature’).


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