Hello, Kamiel Proost, speaking, also known as Uncle K. ‘Kami’ or just K. An artist from the underground of Amsterdam. The influences in my work are like the people in the Global Village Amsterdam coming from all directions. Influences in my work are many: Pop, Surrealism, 17th century Dutch Masters, Comics, Mexican Folk Art, Art Deco, Hindu Kitsch, Visionary Art, Digital Experiments, Tribal Tattoo’s and so forth and so on. Since Amsterdam has been the melting pot countless cultures and refuge of many Free Thinkers throughout the centuries, I try to communicate a sense of Freedom, Wonder and Beauty in my work. Best with a slight taste of Humor.
That is not to say that my work is al ‘Lubby Dubby’ or so to say all Lovely. No. Since I have been suffering from severe depressions since a young age, I do need art as a outlet for my anger and despear as a reaction to the boredom and stupidity that have Humanity in a tight grip. Therefore as soon as I have time and saved some money I do like to spend a year or two on Hieronymus Bosch like Triptychs which include Heaven and Hell on our playground: Earth. Some people call me the modern Bosch, but that is a bit too much honor. As Mark Ryden said about Hieronymus Bosch: ‘… unequalled in 500 years’. But yes, I do try to show in my darker work that we are still living in a time I call ‘The Modern Middle Ages’ working on the coming of a New Renaissance…
My art is not just in painting, but also in poetry, mc-ing, performing, video and hosting art events that all have the common theme of creating Free Space and Togetherness. I was closely connected in creating Amsterdams first city beach and Cultural Haven ‘Blijburg’ with Stanja van Mierlo and Brit Stegerhoek. And a bit with the creation of another Cultural Free Space ‘Noorderlicht’ at the NDSM in Amsterdam Noord. Since I was born in the Summer of Love 1969 the fight for Freedom and Love has been kind of in my genes.  Hanging with the ‘Amsterdams Ballon Gezelschap’ and their Hippie/Artist village Ruigoord for more than 30 years now. Joining them in their ‘Happenings’.  Creating a Bohemian Tribe of poets and musicians. At this moment the creation of a new Cultural Free Space is happening in Ibiza, called ‘Amoringen’. A beach club with painting studio, ceremonies and small concerts. I think people should have Free Spaces all over the planet, untill the whole world becomes a Free Space. Some people call me too idealistic, but I still believe it could be possible. Actually with less effort and waste of energy than the boring mess we call modern society.
For the two monthly magazine ‘Amsterdam Enjoy’ I interviewed some of my favorite artists like: Mark Ryden, Niccoletta Ceccoli, Hans Kanters and Ray Cearsar. And for frontier magazine I have written some articles about the mysteries of our past.
I don’t consider myself a great artist, but I am excited to keep on learning and until now it has been quite an interesting ride. I will keep on exploring till the day I die…

My painted work can be seen in Kokopelli, Warmoesstraat 12, Amsterdam. Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 11-22 hrs…
or Online here…

ENJOY

K.

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