Wouter Hisschemöller was born in Haarlem, the Netherlands in 1965.
He studied visual arts at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, where he graduated as a visual artist in the field of etching, lithography and printed arts in 1990.
Following his education he worked as an artist in Utrecht, and from 1993 in Amsterdam with fellow artists at a joint studio for the graphic arts Grafisch Collectief Thoets. During these years he participated in gallery exhibitions, sold work through ‘kunstuitlenen’ (art lease organisations) and created some commissioned work.
Art and digital techniques
Having been interested in computers and programming from a young age he found ways to apply this interest in the graphic arts. He modified a flatbed plotter to have a computer directly draw on etching plates and lithographic stone. For this he wrote specialised software to drive the plotter and to draw algorithm based designs that he combined with hand-drawn images.
At the end of the nineties his interest for the then up and coming internet and it’s techniques took over and he left the visual arts to fully focus on developing applications and websites for the internet.
While his involvement in web development continues to this day, an interest for the visual arts lingered and made him take up drawing and painting again. This now results in a steadily evolving series of oil paintings on canvas.
Much of his work is about life in the city. People go about their daily lives. They share the same spaces, cross the same streets but at the same time lead their different lives. Each with their own backgrounds, stories and dreams.
Just like its people, the city’s architecture is a mix of different structures for different purposes. Old and new buildings, apartments, shops , bars, billboards, pavements and parks intermingle and sometimes clash. But all exist next to each other and somehow form the coherent unit of a city.
Digital techniques still play an important role in his creative process. His paintings today are based on photographic material found online. Of the millions of photos that are uploaded and shared daily, he searches the web for ones he might use. Using Photoshop these are cut, pasted and reorganised into collages that form the basis for his paintings.
The collage acts as an allegory for the city and its people; a sometimes strange, sometimes unusual mix where seemingly random elements meet to, maybe just for a moment, form a composition.