Amersfoort - Netherlands
Who or what is the personification of the Devil?
"The little voice on my left shoulder whispering words..."
How do you resist temptation?
"Who says I do? Just kidding, sports help."
If the Apocalypse is imminent, what would you do your last day on Earth?
"Build a time machine."
What is your favourite sexual position?
"Didn’t you see my latest video with Patricia? Haha just joking."
Favourite curse word?
"Fuck me twice!"
Emerging and quickly rising onto the photography stage, Thomas Thijssen is a budding new photographer from the Netherlands with major projects already under his belt. The likes of Dolce & Gabbana and Coca-Cola have trusted Thijssen with their creative commercial shoots, while the world’s most famous Dutch fine art photographer, Erwin Olaf, has mentored Thijssen while he assisted him in his studio. The influences of Olaf are present in Thijssen’s photography but pushed to the next level with the introduction of the digital medium. True to his generation Thijssen makes use of the internet era and composites his imagery just as much as he photographs them.
In his exclusive series for The Public House of Art, Thijssen interpreted the devil inside as a seductress in the forest, also known as the enchanting Madame Bovary. Luxuriously dressed but clearly up to no good, Madame Bovary is the sinful protagonist from Flaubert's 1856 novel of the same name, which was attacked and banned for obscenity when it first went into print. The ordeal of the trial and eventual acquittal made the book notorious and a bestseller, becoming a classic today, all confirming the infamous words someone once said - sex sells.