Dutch modern master leaves his mark in Toowoomba
A RENOWNED international artist who has been called a modern Dutch master painter has left his mark in Toowoomba.
Joos, who goes by the name of Does, was one of the many famous artists to visit the city during First Coat.
Although his mural was painted away from the centre of the CBD at 17 Bellevue St, in the future it is destined to be one of the city's hidden treasures.
The friendly painter took the time to chat to passers-by even while rushing to complete his masterpiece before flying back to The Netherlands.
"It's a pleasure to meet the locals and to see that they really like the wall paintings in their city," he said.
"It's always nice when people are positive."
Does has visited street art festivals around the world but said Toowoomba was unique.
"It's a relatively small city, and people asked me, 'why are you going to Toowoomba?'," he said.
"But it's nice to be in a place like this."
He said the artwork around the city painted by First Coat artists would put Toowoomba on the map.
"Toowoomba will be famous in the next few months."
He flew in last Wednesday and was on a very tight schedule.
The perfectionist painter worked every hour that the sun was up and was unable to explore the city during his visit. "I'm still in a rush, but that's the way I work," he said.
Does's work is usually based on typography, but he is slowly moving into the abstract genre.
"I had certain ideas of what I wanted to do - rough sketch lines - but in the end I had to work it out in my head."
He used to play professional soccer in The Netherlands but was forced to quit after an injury.
"Art has always been my passion," he said.
"So when I gave up my career I focused on murals, drawings and paintings.
"It gave me something to do and at some point I decided to do it for a living."