Comedian Tybex: ‘Imagination is my number one necessity in life’

Vanity bird of paradise. Sensual mating an elephant with a giraffe, apparently not entirely to their liking. Greed, of course, is an eagle. A nervous grizzly bear sitting on a large mountain of fish. Jealousy, anger and laziness can also be seen among the foliage.

Comic artist and illustrator Typex depicted the Seven Deadly Sins as animals, but in a style and form she was not yet familiar: with Siberian chalk – compressed charcoal – and the size of square metres. For years, he’s been working on his “charcoal paintings” every Friday, when the work he was assigned to for the week is finished. Like his illustrations for a book supplement de Volkskrant† On the margins of Haarlem Stripdagen, he briefly showed off his free business last weekend for the first time.

His drawings of mortal sins, resembling an old school poster, are called “Artis Natura Magister”—nature is the teacher of art—and are also “an ode to nature,” says Typex (59), who was born Raymond. Koot. “Because, of course, animals have no evil. They eat each other or you, but they mean nothing by that.”

Such a Friday means “sea of ​​time, holiday”: work undisturbed in his studio at the former Wilhelminagasthuis in Amsterdam, accompanied by loud music and beer later in the day. “When I’m working on a smaller drawing, I can’t drink a drop because that requires a lot of precision. I draw drawings like this from my wrist, but I long to work as I am used to at the academy, from my shoulder, with my body.”

Before that, he has to fight with the newspaper. He cuts a piece of roll in a corner of his studio, lays it on the floor and soaks it on both sides with a sponge. “Then I throw it on a wooden board so that it hangs for a while and tape the edges with water-based masking tape like crazy.” After a day it is dry and hard. And sometimes they break, if the tension during drying becomes too great. Then he has to start over.

There are a few paintings in his studio that he didn’t bring to Harlem. Mandrill head. Two friendly gorilla faces. They will one day have a place in the exhibition accompanying the new book he is working on, which will happen more later.

Typex became known to the general public through the “Illustrated Biographies” of Rembrandt (2013) and Andy Warhol (2018). A book on the life of the eighteenth-century philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, who followed him this year, was released at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. The traveling exhibition in dew Then it came, not without difficulty. “This time I thought: I’ll start before the book is over.”

Exhibition Hall in Harlem, two days ago. Charcoal drawing of a bird flying out of the water as an arrow. Is he dead? Among the water lilies is a fish-like creature. On the side, well, what?

Typex: “is called”The duck rises from a poundpound – Nice word with that fat Dr In the end, we don’t have that voice. So it’s a diced, roasted duck taking off from the pond. It’s also an ode to M.C. Escher’s lithographs “The Three Realms,” the still waters upon which the leaves lie, and carp beneath. And a poem by another favorite artist: This creature at the top left is Jeff Koons’ steel bunny.”

and what is that?

This painting is calledKing Baby“King Child”. In a world with different perspectives, vanishing points, and this big kid in the middle. It’s about parenting.”

Are you father yourself?

“From a daughter, she’s already 30. I have friends of fifty who are just starting to have kids. Sorry guys, but these are grandparents to me. We were in our twenties and in our only friend group with kids. Lots of cartoonists. Our daughter I sat on the lap of all the old hands.The wind shot into Eric Creek’s neck.

“Children are now being pushed across town in wagons that wave to people, and have a say everywhere, and everything is tolerated. I prefer the helmsmen on the beach of course, but I look upon him with sadness. And so do the parents sighs and groans, for they are too old to do all these things.” Now I can enjoy watching tapes with my daughter and hanging out with her at the pub. They won’t be until they turn 80.”

Animals are not bad. They eat each other or you but they mean nothing by that

And here we see?

Madonna with Ice. She is a nurse and she has mucus coming out of her nose. I remembered Vermeer’s The Girl with the Pearl Earring. I made it for a group exhibition of artists on WG that never happened. Old hospital, therefore. My father had died shortly before that. In the background you see a man, Fred Flintstone, on all sorts of IVs. I was once very sick, back in the day, when I was that way. That’s all there is. If you look closely, you can also see a SpongeBob SquarePants balloon.”

Many men have fantasies about nurses.

“Not you?”

Now you say it.

“She’s also a sexy nurse. Especially if you’re in the hospital and you have to necessities Threw again, then such a little angel comes. She is a good person. I gave her the folds of her Velasquian dress. You can really draw with charcoal, that’s what’s so cute about it, so different from a pen or brush. And take it off again, by wiping, and starting over. That gives you space, you can continue indefinitely. I often wear one thing, but gradually it can become something completely different.”

Also read a previous interview with Typex (2018) on Warhol’s pictorial autobiography: Andy is all I love.

Drawing as “stream of consciousness”?

“Yeah, I try to get that more and more into my comics, to surprise myself. It’s a bit like filmmaker David Lynch: you start with a picture that happened to you spontaneously and then I try to think about what the hell could have happened. And while you’re there, someone comes just around the corner. parentheses or less and you think: What does that have to do with it again? And so on.”

That duck could have been made by a different artist than the nurse

“That’s right. When I start something, I’m completely full of it and I think there’s only one way to do it. And the next board I do it completely differently. Because of the old technique of charcoal, they still come together, and charcoal is a way to limit myself.”

Who is this crying Jan Clasen?

“This is Bunch, from the Victorian doll duo Bunch and Judy. He’s cruel and vicious, he beats everyone with his stick, including his wife Judy. But every time he feels incomparably saddened by what he’s doing. I find him a pitiful figure and that’s why I thought: I’m going to do a memorial for him” .

Why cell phone to his ear?

“He wants to make it right, probably. He still has that stick in his hand and I don’t know what happened, there are shards of cocktail glasses and ice cubes on the floor. It’s called ‘pity, punch!’ Whoever came up with that nickname lost hope that it would work.” With him again. But Bunch calls out again and he cries. Judy, if she ever picks up, she already knows what time it is. Do you see he’s wearing one of those old health bracelets? He went there again.”


“Do you remember Nico Hack?”

Of course, from the top of the song “Foxy Foxtrot”.

“When his hits with Panic Seekers dried up in the ’80s, he started advertising health bracelets on TV that promised eternal life, but soon after he died suddenly, and all the ads had to be pulled. But Punch bought another one, of course.”

Grieve for what you do, but do it anyway; Is this in you too?

“I think empathy is one of the most important qualities you can have. I don’t believe in absolute bastards. I’m not satisfied with: so-and-so Very, very bad. Even Hitler. Everyone was a baby and a child. They are innocent after all. And animals. What shouldn’t Do it yourself to occupy such a place in the world and in your own life? This is unimaginable to me, but unimaginably interesting. “

Making up something can make you closer to the truth than trying to copy the facts

Is that what your new book is about?

“It didn’t start to become clear to me until after two years of working on it. Exciting: discovering something that’s always been there. It’s about subjective truth: Don’t let the truth stand in the way of a good story, just like with my comic bios. By inventing something, you are getting closer to the truth than by trying to tell the facts. Now you’ve come to the Peter Pan complex, which is also about your “own truth”. “

refuses to grow up.

Exactly, with Michael Jackson as the main character. So is his monkey.

Are you struggling with that on your own?

“We all struggle with aging. I’ve always found it exciting when you grow up with fictional characters from your childhood. I’m still stuck with my pop music and comedy, but I try to let them grow with it. I’m bad at throwing out ballast, but I turn it up I can take everything with me.”

Are you a hoarder?

“From my memories, yes. But I don’t like nostalgia. I don’t memorize any Star Wars dolls.”

What music do you listen to on Fridays in your studio?

„Of everything: the undisputed truth, a kind of poor man temptations. Heavy Metal, Roxy Music, Rock and Roll by Jane Vincent. D’Angelo, this is R&B.”


“I was always eclectic. I came from a very loving family, but it was not cultural. In this field I had to discover everything myself, which encouraged me by the way and I am very grateful for that. When I entered art school, I was very young at eighteen from My age. I knew nothing of the art world. Comics were my world. I still love both Andre van Doyen and, to say something intellectual, David Mitchell’s novels. And I see what they have in common. And Andre van Doyen never became my camp.”

It may seem that imagination escapes from life. But it also enriched it.

Can you actually draw in a sarcastic way?

“Take this charcoal drawing of Barbababa, it makes people laugh at first, but it’s actually the most desperate thing I’ve made. Barbabab runs away from a horde of dogs. A classic English hunting scene, and it wouldn’t end well. Barbabab has a Barbabab hanging on his arm like a fluffy dishcloth. .

“Barbabob is the artist of the family, it is the art. Barbababa tries to protect him, but what is going to happen is terrifying. This painting is called Meat. Because no matter how much fun you get in life, one day you will be just meat. This is in all my work: I try to make it As fun as it can be, but we can’t make it any more beautiful.”

And what makes life worth living?

“It is imagination. It may seem that imagination escapes from life. But it also enriches it. The outside world is beautiful and wonderful, but you do not understand this without that inside the world, without giving an explanation for it, making ways. If you follow your intuition, you will discover those paths for yourself. Imagination It is my first necessity in life.”

Is work ever done?

“Yes, and after months, sometimes years, of working on something, I crave that too.”

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