Who is Clause-Steffen and what do you do?
I am A Creative Director in Advertising from Germany, now also an Artist and always was a Cape Town lover. All together: I am a happy creative in Cape Town.
How would you define your style or art?
Working in black and white in South Africa is for me not only a stylistic matter, almost a provocative metaphor to capture the contrasts of light and shade, Glamour and extravagance, beauty and consternation, personalities and destinies in one exiting relationship.
What inspires your work?
Coming from advertising I love storytelling. I am not just picturing an image, I am describing insights leading into a little story. Quite realistic in its precious craftsmanship, I follow my professionally trained Art Director eye and a well stimulated inspiration.
What are you currently working on?
I just started my series of Cape Town drawings. For me it feels like endless stories that have to be “written”, exposed and seen. And bought actually, otherwise it will be a short story.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Not to get lost in the opportunities. Creativity is such an enormous filed, it is hard to focus on your unique talent or interest. On the other side it is easy to get connected with similar mindsets, collaborate and learn from the best. Rather get together than fight on your own.
Where can our readers follow your work?
I just got my work exhibited in a group exhibition. The Lovell Gallery in Woodstock.
In the web you can see my work on Behance,
I am really great full that in such a short time I got featured by the curator of Behance, had more than 11.000 viewings, more than 600 appreciations, more than 200 Followers and more than 40 positive comments.
Thank you internet, but do come and see the real work in the Gallery.
I also gave a guest lecture at the Red&Yellow Advertising School Cape Town and hope to get invited by others.
MC Hammer or Vanilla Ice (who do you prefer if you had to choose?)
Surprising question. But yes, I am more the parents generation and also loved the early 90s party rap. Probably MC, but to really appreciate rap you should be a native, so how about Peter Fox “Stadtaffe”