Five Mr. Upside artworks on view in Strasbourg, France

Five paintings wrapped in shrink plastic and ready for shipping to the Hilton Hotel in Strasbourg, France

Five paintings wrapped in shrink plastic and ready for shipping to the Hilton Hotel in Strasbourg, France

The Mr. Upside European Tour continues with the shipping of five of my artworks to Strasbourg in France. Previously my paintings where on view in Paris, Hamburg (Germany) and Stockholm (Sweden).

The paintings are hanging in the lobby of Hilton Meetings, a part of Hilton Strasbourg. A smart choice because Strasbourg is home of the European Parliamant and other European institutions. So the hotel is located in the European institutions district in front of the Congress Centre there. The hotel has quite a few large conference and event rooms.

My daughter Zoë liked to help packing the painting properly. Here with painting 'Blood Lines', also available in the art webshop of Mr. Upside

My daughter Zoë liked to help packing the painting properly. Here with painting 'Blood Lines', also available in the art webshop of Mr. Upside

Luckily I had some help from my daughter Zoë with the packing of the various paintings.

Picture 1 - Mr. Upside paintings hanging on the walls of Hilton Meetings inside Hilton Strasbourg, France. Lots of space to hang the larger artworks.

Picture 1 - Mr. Upside paintings hanging on the walls of Hilton Meetings inside Hilton Strasbourg, France. Lots of space to hang the larger artworks.

Picture 1 - Mr. Upside paintings hanging on the walls of Hilton Meetings inside Hilton Strasbourg, France. Lots of space to hang the larger artworks.

Picture 1 - Mr. Upside paintings hanging on the walls of Hilton Meetings inside Hilton Strasbourg, France. Lots of space to hang the larger artworks.

Picture 1 - Mr. Upside paintings hanging on the walls of Hilton Meetings inside Hilton Strasbourg, France. Lots of space to hang the larger artworks.

Picture 1 - Mr. Upside paintings hanging on the walls of Hilton Meetings inside Hilton Strasbourg, France. Lots of space to hang the larger artworks.

Picture 4 - One of the large meeting rooms of Hilton Meetings inside Hilton Strasbourg, France. Lots of space to hang the larger artworks.

Picture 4 - One of the large meeting rooms of Hilton Meetings inside Hilton Strasbourg, France. Lots of space to hang the larger artworks.

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Mr. Upside is featured in the Contemporary Book of Excellence Vol. III

Dutch artist Mr. Upside / Michiel Nagtegaal is featured in the Global Art Agency publication 'Book of Excellence Vol III' with a double page and four images of the abstract paintings

Making art and then hoping someone will notice it without properly showing it to the world, is not the strategy I had in mind for my art. But where do you start? And which places do you select for showing the result of your hard work?

I am still experimenting with that part of the art business. Part of this ongoing experiment is my two page spread in the 'Contemporary Art of Excellence' book. Published by the GAA (Global Art Agency) its a book with a curated set of international artists.

Although the mention in the CAE book is initiated by me (it is essentially nothing more than a luxureous ad) you still have to go through the selection. I am proud to be part of that selection.

The book can be bought at Amazon.

More info on the background of this publication can be found in the most recent e-mail newsletter here.

Front view of the art book 'Book of Excellence Vol III', published the Global Art Agency. Dutch artist Mr. Upside / Michiel Nagtegaal is featured in the publication with a double page and four images of the abstract paintings
List of names in the 'Book of Excellence Vol III' published by GAA Publishing. Dutch artist Mr. Upside / Michiel Nagtegaal is featured in the book. 
Dutch artist Mr. Upside / Michiel Nagtegaal is featured in the Global Art Agency publication 'Book of Excellence Vol III' with a double page and four images of the abstract paintings
Published by UK Book Publishing - The Global Art Agency (GAA) in the United Kingdom

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Work-in-progress: abstract artwork 'Flamingo Morning'

I thought it would be nice to share some work-in-progress shots. I always like those short videos about the creative process on Vimeo and although this video doesn't come close to those beautiful inspirational ones, I still wanted to share mine. At least on Instagram.

On May 24th I had just received some new Molotow markers and ink. And although I had other, way more responsible plans for that evening, I couldn't resist filling an empty marker with some neon pink ink.

Work-in-progress shots of abstract artwork 'Flamingo Morning'. A painting with neon pink lines on a print on aluminum Dibond

Aluminum Dibond

A few days earlier I had recieved a 80 x 120cm (31.4" x 47.2") print of 'Working Day' on aluminum Dibond. It was one of my experiments to make the larger, original Mr. Upside paintings available to a wider range of people, at a lower price. The experiment wasn't 100% successful. I didn't like the result because of the less saturated colors. I did like the thin aluminum plate though. And I can imagine it hanging on a wall.

Close-up view of abstract artwork 'Flamingo Morning'. A painting with neon pink lines on a print on aluminum Dibond

Splice app

On that particular evening in my gallery, with fresh bright neon pink refills of Molotow ink in my hand, I suddenly realised the aluminum dibond print was perfect as a background for neon pink Bold Lines. I asked Janette to make the short video you see in this post. She used the mobile app Splice.

The finished painting 'Flamingo Morning' against a wall in the Mr. Upside gallery in Voorburg, the Netherlands.

At the time of writing this blogpost I am waiting for some materials I ordered to hang the artwork properly on a wall. And to have some decent pictures of the artwork in the Mr. Upside webshop, a painting must be hung on a wall. I'll write a blogpost on it once it is available in the webshop.

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New in the webshop: artwork 'Honesty'

Many of my artworks go through the same process before ending up as the final artwork you get to see. They are actually several other paintings before the become the final artwork that is ready for sale.

Artwork 'Honesty' is no exception, it has been three other paintings at least before she became what she is now. And she got her name not because of that. But because of the transparency of the white lines on the upper layer. Transparency for me is a metaphor for honesty. No hidden agenda's.

The first layer is fierce red glossy paint, bought in a hardware store. I loved it because of its opacity. Then I decided to give it black lines, similar to 'Drone' and 'Field portrait'. Because I still felt it was missing something, I used the white Molotow Speedflow Ink for the last layer, knowing that white has always some transparency.

The painting adapts easily to every interior because of its shape and size.


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Five artworks ready for shipping to Munich (Germany) and Strasbourg (France)

Five artworks are ready for shipping internationally to Munich (Germany) and Strasbourg (France). Photo from the Mr. Upside gallery in Voorburg, the Netherlands

The Mr. Upside European Tour continues. Five abstract paintings are ready for shipping to Munich (Germany) and Strasbourg (France). The Mr. Upside European Tour is a series of exhibitions in Hilton Hotels in Europe.

Mr. Upside European Tour

Previously, a few other paintings travelled to Stockholm (Sweden), Hamburg (Germany) and Paris (France) for exhibitions. As you can see the paintings Working Day, Bits and Pieces, Blood Lines, Bold Pink and White Noise are all wrapped up in shrink foil.

Temporarily reduced price on art

For a few months, due to the exhibition the paintings won't be available in the gallery for viewing but they will be still available in the webshop. I even temporarily reduced the price a bit. The empty spaces on the gallery walls will be filled with new works soon. Check out my Instagram account for more updates on the freshed and newest paintings. Or subscribe on my newsletter.


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Now available in the webshop: artwork 'Yoga (Position)'

Now available in the Mr. Upside webshop: abstract painting 'Yoga (Position)'. It is a relatively small artwork (60 x 90 cm / 23.6" x 35.4") with a blue gradient background and white and black Bold Lines on top.

It is made with acrylic paint (background), Molotow Speedflow Ink in Masterpiece 60mm wide markers for the white and black lines. The process is similar to the 'Drone' and 'Field Portrait' paintings but differs from those artworks because the black lines on top don't fill the whole canvas.

Just like in my other Bold Lines paintings I searched for a certain balance between the graphical elements on the canvas. The lines reminded me of practicing Yoga, which in a way is also about balance.

The painting is available for just € 219,00 or $ 245. Check out the 'Yoga (Position)' product page for more info on the specifications.


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Artwork 'Field Portrait' sold!

Abstract artwork 'Field Portrait' by Dutch urban artist Mr. Upside / Michiel Nagtegaal is sold

Abstract artwork 'Field Portrait' by Dutch urban artist Mr. Upside / Michiel Nagtegaal is sold

Painting 'Field Portrait' has a lot of similarities with another recently sold painting, 'Drone'. This one is a bit smaller but has a similar background and similar lines.

Even the way it sold, via Instagram, is similar to painting 'Drone'. I try to post my work-in-progress as often as possible on Instagram. Some paintings and artworks get a lot of likes, others don't. Painting 'Field Portrait' got a like and a nice comment from Anna Green, a photographer who has her studio in the same building as me. She also moved when the old building was demolished and we had to move to our current location.

Side view of the abstract painting 'Field Portrait' by Dutch urban artist Mr. Upside / Michiel Nagtegaal, which was sold

Side view of the abstract painting 'Field Portrait' by Dutch urban artist Mr. Upside / Michiel Nagtegaal, which was sold

We have had a minor misunderstanding in the past about a painting I intended to give away. Luckily that is all solved now and we get along great. With the misunderstanding in my head I offered her a discount for the painting and she decided to buy it.

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Photoshoot Mr. Upside and collaboration with local discount card De Hofpas

De Hofpas is a much more than just a discount card. It's an initiative by two Dutch companies, care center Florence and cooperation De Volharding and it offers discounts and benefits of local businesses in the Dutch The Hague region. It is a non-profit organisation. The card is distributed among 50.000 people.

Free of charge

One of our employees advised Janette and me to register an account at the Hofpas website. It is free of charge for the first year and offers nice possibilities for promoting our products.

Photoshoot

Part of the service offered by De Hofpas was a photoshoot by photographer Renske Derkx, taking place at the Mr. Upside gallery and the leather bags studio of Janette.

We had a fun morning and some nice pictures where taken of both our businesses. Below you'll find a selection of those pictures* showing Mr. Upside art products.

Spray can painted with Bold Lines by Dutch artist Mr. Upside / Michiel Nagtegaal as part of new portrait and product photos for De Hofpas in The Hague - Photography by Renske Derkx

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Abstract artwork 'Drone' sold via Instagram

And quickly too! The abstract painting wasn't even for sale yet on the webshop. But one 'work-in-progress' picture on Instagram triggered the new owner to comment on the picture. We had some contact and after sending some higher quality pictures the artwork was sold.

Black Molotow marker

Earlier I did some experiments on paper with black 60mm wide Molotow Masterpiece 760PI markers, as shown in the video below. The experiments with black where promising but I was especially interested in the result of the white markers on a darker painted background, because this result is more in line with the 'positive' theme in my art.

White Bold Lines

So the moment I had some little spare time inbetween design projects, and a small bottle of white Molotow ink still in a box somewhere, I decided to try out the white Molotow Masterpiece 760PI marker on a painting I had prepared weeks before.

While I was making the lines really slowly, I got that sweet feeling again. It is a feeling that only comes up when I know it is going to work out fine. Everything on that moment falls into place. The notion of time disappears. The combination was just right. The semi-transparent white lines with exactly the right stroke width, the amount of space between the lines and the darker background all worked together beautifully.

And then I got too confident.

I wanted to add some minor imperfections. So after pushing the marker firmly on a piece of paper to get the ink flowing, I swiped the marker back and forth above the painting. Some spatters appeared. And then the whole tip got loose and landed on the painting. I cursed. This was not what I had in mind.

Dismissed

And it got worse. Later on, when the marker ran empty on ink and I wanted to force the last bit out, I pushed the marker a few times too many. The ink gushed out. Causing the ink to drip.

This was also not what I had in mind.

But I decided to continue anyway. I could always cover the painting with a new layer of paint when I felt like it.

I posted a picture on Instagram and described my frustration in the caption. Not much later, a former colleague responded to my frustrated post. What the price of the artwork was. And since I had the intention to dismiss the painting, I was surprised. I could see the obvious beauty of the painting but wasn't able to look past the two larger imperfections.

The potential buyer and I had some contact via Instagram Direct Messages and e-mail. And after I sent some better pictures with higher quality, the customer still had not lost his interest in the painting and bought it.


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Eight fresh new Mr. Upside artworks online - Artwork 8 of 8: Icecream Popsicle

Recently I re-discovered some archived artworks that weren't available on the Mr. Upside webshop yet. This article describes the last of eight artworks, 'Icecream Popsicle'.

8. Icecream Popsicle

Iconic painting 'Icecream (Popsicle)' once started as the first artwork in a series of five.

Unfortunately too many other ideas condemned this finished painting to solitude. But for long it was the striking masterpiece of the Mr. Upside gallery and in a way 'proof' of the more urban style I like.

It depicts consumerism and the never-ending search for the metaphoric sugar. The graphical look&feel, together with the bright colors and the 'happy-happy-joy-joy' subject make this painting a true icon.

Painting 'Icecream Popsicle' is available in the webshop for € 299 / $ 320 *

* The price in dollars is calculated on the exchange rates at the time of writing this blogpost. Shipping costs depend on the shipping method and delivery address.


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Eight fresh new Mr. Upside artworks online - Artwork 7 of 8: 'Unfinished Sympathy'

Recently I re-discovered some archived artworks that weren't available on the Mr. Upside webshop yet. This article describes the seventh artwork ('Unfinished Sympathy') as part of a series of eight blogposts on the new paintings and illustrations.

7. Painting 'Unfinished Sympathy'

What do you think? Is the piece finished? Or does it need some extra work?

I like the idea of something that leaves room for interpretation. Which shapes (or colors) would be there if the painter didn't stop? When is an artwork 'finished'? Artwork 'Unfinished sympathy' is unpretentious. It doesn't have a complex concept. The image itself is complex enough.

Together with the white frame and passe-partout, the pink lines radiate softness and kindness. Sympathy.

Artwork 'Unfinished Sympathy' is available in the webshop for € 69 / $ 74 (frame included)

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Eight fresh new Mr. Upside artworks online - Artwork 6 of 8: 'Aliens Night Out'

Recently I re-discovered some archived artworks that weren't available on the Mr. Upside webshop yet. This article describes the sixth artwork ('Aliens Night Out') as part of a series of eight blogposts on the new paintings and illustrations.

6. Illustration 'Aliens Night Out'

When I first started with making 'art' and illustrations with the idea to sell them, I liked doodling. As you maybe can see in the earlier works like 'Jungle' and 'Space' and even in the more structured 'City Madness' piece, I started with one long line. Randomly placed somewhere in the middle of the paper. From there I started drawing all kinds of objects and stuff without too much thinking of it. This process depends on enough speed because when you slow down and start thinking too much, the elements will look forced.

The same applies to this illustration 'Aliens Night Out'. Just like with many of my other artworks, I didn't think a name untill the end, when the painting was finished. And 'Aliens Night Out' shows some weird creatures, a city, stars, bright lights and a speakerbox. Hence the name.

The illustration is made with pink and blue Posca acrylic paint markers on a plain piece of cardboard.

Illustration 'Aliens Night Out' is yours for € 149 / $ 160 *

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Eight fresh new Mr. Upside artworks online - Artwork 5 of 8: 'Denim Vanilla'

Recently I re-discovered some archived artworks that weren't available on the Mr. Upside webshop yet. This article describes the fifth artwork ('Denim Vanilla') as part of a series of eight blogposts on the new paintings and illustrations.

5. Painting 'Denim Vanilla'

Artwork 'Denim Vanilla' shows bold vanilla white brush strokes on a dark denim blue background. It is one of very first paintings in the Bold Lines collection. More recent Bold Lines paintings show a less free, more organised and structured image. 'Denim Vanilla' has more character. It shows the rough edges of the brush strokes and the 'white space' is less calculated as the more recent Mr. Upside artworks.

The color combination of the denim and vanilla made the painting fit prefectly within our own, partly industrial interior. The canvas has therefore spent a substantial amount of time in our own living room.

Painting 'Denim Vanilla' is available in the Mr. Upside webshop for € 129 / $ 138

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