Rutger
Paulusse

Kintsukuroi

Sometimes it’s good to loose your crown - you’ll appreciate it more once you get it back.
This artwork is based around the concept of Kintsukuroi; the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. Cracks are being repaired with a lacquer which contains gold powder.
The thought behind it is awesome; the object being broken is part of it’s history and something you should be proud of instead of hiding. Your history, your ‘mistakes’ and dark moments included, makes you who you are. How dark it even might have gotten, it’s beautiful and an important part of the process of how you, became you.
Another great meaning I see in all this is that after hitting rock bottom, you will come out better. Your scars are proof of important lessons learned.

This is the first one of a self initiated series.

Rutger Paulusse

Like most stories, it all started back in the day. We all begin our artistic endeavors somewhere and that place for Rutger was the graffiti wall. No, Rutger was not your standard "tag the high school wall with a bad word" graffiti artist but rather a youth who realized the creative power that a spray can, paint brush or pen could hold. This obsession with graffiti quickly manifested itself into a natural transition to typography where he realized that type is his proverbial bread and butter.

Rutger soon found himself at the St. Joost Art School not only high fiving his way through life but gaining the conceptual design foundation that traditional art schools provide. But the basics were not enough for Rutger and he soon found out there was more to the world of design than textbook rules and professors opinions. After graduation he quickly realized that personal style and creativity were more important to a designers work than anything he "learned" in the classroom.

What does a young, innocent, Dutch boy do when he wants to up his game in the massive world of graphic design and type after an old school art education? Yup, you guessed it, he moves to NYC to get a taste of how the real design world operates. Ready to launch his career after years of practice, schooling and many projects, Rutger headed to NYC to work for the highly regarded Vault49 agency where he got his groove on improving his illustration and CGI skills while being humbled by the high level of talent around him.

By this time, Rutger had developed his playfully distinct style beyond type and fully entered into the world of illustration. He had broadened his skills in NYC and knew he had to bring his funky style back to the homies. The tempting low sky of Amsterdam was too much to ignore and Rutger landed back in his home country where he chills today cranking out colorful projects across many platforms.

His wild and always challenging ride has given Rutger a consistent flair to his work that he incorporates into every project. In recent years he's been lucky enough to rapidly expand his portfolio that would make his spectators, designers or not, all drool with feelings of euphoria. Don't take it from me, take it from his clients: BMW Group, TomTom, KLM, ING, Nuon, Ford, Flexa, Citroën, KPN, Tommy Hilfiger, Spinawards and ADCN to name a few.

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Words by Adam Carlisle

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