At The Ode To we are always curious to learn more about creativity and artistry, so we asked Timothy van Diesen, the creator behind Ultimo11 to tell us a little bit about his life, his art and his sources of inspiration.
What do you call your series of artwork?
– I'd like to refer to it as "Summer 2023." This name captures the period during which I've created this body of work. It helps viewers understand the direction I've taken over the years. I prefer not to impose specific interpretations with names like "lavender" or "sunset." Colors are personal, and I want each viewer to experience them in their unique way.
What technique have you used?
– I've used acrylics on dibond, finishing each piece with epoxy.
What inspired you to create the artworks you have made for The Ode To?
– My inspiration came from visiting the Vermeer exhibition in Amsterdam this summer. I was captivated by how Vermeer used color, particularly in works like "View of Delft." This experience profoundly influenced my approach to color. I began to see colors differently, appreciating how they transition and support one another to create unique visual effects.
Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?
– I started as a graffiti artist when I was young. Simultaneously, I had a keen interest in architecture and design. Although I briefly studied industrial design, my focus shifted more towards graffiti. After working as a graffiti artist for four years, I decided to pursue free work—paintings that I genuinely enjoy. My journey as a painter began in 2019.
How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?
– Clean, Satisfying, Colorful
What we love about ULTIMO11:
Ultimo11's artistry is a vibrant fusion of urban graffiti influences and a meticulous approach to color. He defies traditional categorizations, preferring to let viewers interpret his artwork through their personal perspectives. His work tantalizes the senses with clean lines, a satisfying visual balance, and a kaleidoscope of colors that evoke a sense of wonder and curiosity.