DefPenco

Rare hip-hop items and original art by Def P

Amsterdam, North Holland
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Pascal "Def P" Griffioen was born in 1969 in Amsterdam. Growing up there in the turbulent 70s and 80s, he knew one thing for sure: he wanted to become a draftsman. Despite a striking talent for languages and the advice to study, he was determined to dive straight into graphic vocational education immediately after primary school to increase his chances of "something with drawing".

Ironically, it was precisely during his visually oriented training (1982 to 1990) that a musical talent emerged that no one could ignore. With his controversial and high-profile rap group "Osdorp Posse", Pascal Griffioen alias "Def P" was the founder of Dutch hip hop. This phenomenon, abbreviated to Nederhop, grew with his help into an unmistakable chapter in Dutch music history. Despite a radio boycott because of the transverse, rebellious and uncompromising attitude of the Osdorp Posse, this group was one of the most important and successful groups within the genre for two decades. The group thus acquired a real cult status and Def P became the mouthpiece of a generation. Between 1989 and 2009, Osdorp Posse sold hundreds of thousands of albums and performed on almost every stage and festival.

As a matter of course, Pascal was the right person to come up with the design for many Nederhop groups. An entire youth culture grew up with its logos, stickers, record covers, posters, flyers and tens of thousands of band shirts sold. Countless fans walked and walked around with tattoos based on his graphic designs. In short: the 90s were hectic for Pascal. After being completely carried away by his musical success, he decided to slowly but surely pick up his old passion again after the changing of the millennium. This made the urge to draw grow again. After the "30xPi-tour" with which Pascal celebrated his thirty-year rap anniversary nationwide in 2016, Pascal decided to focus the dedication and discipline with which he fed his rap career for so long on painting. That same year he exchanged the busy concert halls for a house with a studio underneath and quietly retreated with canvases and paint. His unstoppable urge to develop new styles with content is increasingly evident in his paintings.

With a reborn focus on drawing and painting, his musical past appears to have left visible traces in theme and style. For example, the classic trio "sex, drugs & rock 'n roll" regularly comes into play, but social criticism, philosophical symbolism and psychedelic influences also come to the fore in his colorful oeuvre. Whether or not against a typical Amsterdam background. In terms of approach and technique, Pascal's work is constantly changing in a seemingly infinite search for the ideal form. However, fixed elements such as 3D graffiti, new-school tattoo, animation, surrealism and the American Lowbrow movement appear to be of fundamental influence on his work. His graphic training and experience with band artwork come in handy here.

As a painter, Pascal is a man of "don't dick, but do". An artist pur sang without pseudo-intellectual talk or hot air. Yet, with some questioning, there appears to be a story or concept behind almost every work. But as the artist himself says: "Making an image more catchy with small talk is not necessary if the image already grabs you". A collection of his work can be seen at: www.defp.nl

(credits banner photo: Marco Bakker, www.marcobakker.com)

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    Def P (Pascal Griffioen) became known as a rapper of Osdorp Posse and as the founder of Dutch hip hop. Trained as a graphic designer, also writer, draftsman and painter.

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