Hello I’m Bob Mollema. A Dutch  illustrator, designer and art director. Translating your story into original and outstanding visuals.

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Bob Mollema, Bennekom 1990, works as an illustrator, artist and musician. He works with various parties worldwide, who, like Bob himself, value nature and its relationship to nature. Bob draws inspiration from the imagery of ancient nature religions and mythological motifs. The world of modern art, underground comics and old packaging materials such as Indian matchboxes or French detergent also inspires him. Because of his wide-ranging interests, he touches on different themes and makes them his own.

In his work, he is very much involved with polytheistic pre-Christian religions. The deeper he dives into it, the more he sees that the stories are allegories and personifications of forces in nature and the range of human emotions. There is a material connection between those stories. Monotheism has Christianized all this excellent stuff and tied it to a god outside of nature, a god who seemingly made us in his image. That is where the disruption between man and nature comes from.

Their way of living with nature is something he finds inspiring and tries to convey to his audience through his art. He does this by researching the visual language of different ancient civilisations’ often naive and pure styles. He tries to learn from this style by actively using it as inspiration.

He mainly works with crayon, pencil or oil paint because the roughness, coincidence, margin of error & the analogue aspect are in keeping with his search for purity and authenticity. It is an act of rebellion against the uniformity slowly but surely devouring the world.

In addition to independent projects, he works for various international clients. Including: Volcom, National Geographic, Regulator Crew, De Bijenkorf, National Geographic, Atacama Surf Shop, Moersleutel Craft Brewery, De Bonte Koe Chocolade, Bandcamp, Bonne Suits, VPRO, Paradiso, De Volkskrant & De Standaard.

If you want to know more about Bob Mollema his making process, mission and fascination, check out the interview Wasted Talent did with him.

In 2022, Bob Mollema was named 2023 up-and-coming talent by the Volkskrant! Largest and most-read newspaper in the Netherlands. View the modest article here

Download his PDF portfolio here

Exhibitions

Focus Filmhuis, Oosterbeek

Keizer Karel Podium, Nijmegen

Das Spectrum, Utrecht

Academiegalerie, Utrecht

Café Averechts, Utrecht

Luxor, Arnhem

The Village, Utrecht

Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

Focus Filmhuis, Oosterbeek

BAUT Stripfestival, Amsterdam

Het Fijnhout, Amsterdam

Kapitaal, Utrecht

Paradiso, Amsterdam

Publications

De Dakhaas

Nivon de Toorts

Neverland Magazine

Wilco Magazine #1

UMLAUT #1

Meerjarenplan Cultuur 19

Drawing the Times

Donnerwetter Newspaper

SYNC Volume #7

Aan Tafel

Kunstzone

Primephonic Magazine #3

Bed, Bad en Dood

De Optimist

De Volkskrant

De Standaard

No Seat at the Table (Stimuleringsfonds)

Vleesvrije Stad (Stimuleringsfonds)

Education

HKU Bachelor of Design
2011 – 2015

GLU Grafisch Ontwerp
2006 – 2011

Workshops/Guest Lecturing

University of Arts Utrecht (HKU)

2022

 Merz Akademie

2021

University of Amsterdam

2018

Amadeus Lyceum

2016

Graphical Lyceum Utrecht (GLU)

2014