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Collin van der Sluijs

spraypaint on plaster

Master imitator

Abraham de Winter is one of the most popular comedians of the late 19th century. He is considered the forerunner of present-day cabaret. During his performances, the ‘character comedian’ dressed up as a street sweeper, conductor or a doctor.

Edwin Wiekens

Abraham drew inspiration from his former job as a trader of hay during which he worked with local farmers a lot. His satirical performances and his compassion towards the suffering of fellow citizens, made him loved by both the rich and poor.

“If they don’t laugh as soon as take the stage, you’ve lost”

Collin van der Sluijs (NL) was inspired by this story and made a mural behind the former city theatre Concordia. The painting features a song thrush. Like Abraham, this bird is known for its imitations. In addition to its own varied songs, the song thrush can mimic 7 other bird species with ease.

Edwin Wiekens

About the artist

Collin van der Sluijs

The Netherlands
Collin van der Sluijs

After graduating from art-academy St. Joost in Breda, Collin moved to Maastricht, where he lives and works on exhibitions and projects. His work can be described as personal pleasures and struggles in daily life, translated into his own visual language. Collin’s work has been published in magazines, books, and shown in galleries, project-spaces and walls in The Netherlands, Germany, France, England, Belgium, USA, Luxembourg, Italy and Spain.