MY NAME IS SALVENTIUS AND I AM Dutch artist who creates one-line portraits THAT ARE ALL DONE IN THE MOMENT (MOMENTALISM). TO SATISfY MY ADVENTUROUS NEEDS FOR CREATING, I USE A VARIETY OF TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS SUCH AS light, photography, ACRYL, GRAPHITE, VIRTUAL REALITY, SCULTPING AND 3D PRINTING.
"The one line brings me focus. It allows me to start at the beginning and to end when it is done, everything in between is pure adventure. Just like in real life".
Momentalism - The Art Of Now
Our days are being planned
Our food is on a menu
Our pictures are backuped
Our files are copied
Our events are shared
Our selfies photoshopped
Our trips are being arranged
Our memories are digitalised
We really try hard not to get surprised. We fear improvisation. If it was possible we would even schedule in a spontaneous encounter. Have we forgotten to enjoy the moment, the now?
The moment as a lost art.
With my work I want to create in the moment. The moment as a time frame is my frame. A barrier that forces me to into sollutions that I maybe normally wouldn’t dare to even suggest. While drawing it kinda feels like being remote controlled by the unconscious. Practice makes perfect. But people aren’t perfect, so why should my portraits be?
A selection of blogs/sites and initiatives that featured my work is listed below:
FUBIZ- News/Media website
BORED PANDA - Arts/Humanities Website
ELLE MAGAZINE (US) - Fashion magazine
A PLUS - Arts & Entertainment
KONBINI (USA / France / Mexico) - One line tattoo interview
CLUBMAGAZINE - (UK) by Gabrielle Agyei
JoTo / Meet the creatives
ELLE Decor magazine
Following are outtakes from different interviews:
I’ve always liked to experiment with continuous lines and that technique allowed me to create spontaneous forms, mostly portraits. It’s also a way to challenge myself, as each drawing is created in the moment and I don’t lift the pen off the paper until the entire portrait is revealed. Then is when I finally get to meet that face I’ve created and the personality behind.
Faces I see, in real life or online; Music. I like to experiment with different activities and see how they affect the different personalities that I create.
I just try to force myself to finish every work I start. It’s the only way for me to get the best result, and I hope that discipline and joy reflects in my work.
Tools & technique
Everything that allows me to create a continuous line: I use a flashlight and camera for my light paintings, spray paint on canvas for some other artwork, and I am currently working with laser-cutting and 3D printing technique to create continuous line portraits in 3D.
I’m looking forward to trying VR techniques with Google and Tiltbrush, although that’s a little too expensive to experiment with at the moment!
Being constantly experimenting with new ways of expressing myself though art feels like every work is both enjoyable and challenging at the same time.
What the future brings
I don’t know where my portraits will take me, and that’s ok for me! If people want to join me on my adventure, they can follow my social streams: Instagram and Facebook. I’m currently doing a year long project #366daysofdrawing, that will end on the 12th of December this year. After that… Who knows!
Meet The Artist Whose Drawings Fuel The Single Line Tattoo Trend
by Jen Ripper (november 2017)
Very often, contemporary art directly inspires tattoo collectors, and the work of Niels Kiené, better known as Salventius, is no exception. The artist is famous for his portraits, created with one continuous line in a single stroke.
Already working with a variety of materials, such as acrylic markers, paint, wires and even flashlights (for lightpainting), it was only natural for Salventius to offer his art for one of the most permanent mediums – tattoos. Indeed, collectors from all over the world are buying his single line tattoo designs to wear on their skin.
But designs for one-of-a-kind ink is not the only Salventius is selling. He also gives away his heartwarming philosophy: "All is a path and an adventure. Love it, live it and only towards the end you will see the bigger picture."
The Dutch artist finds inspiration in the profile pictures of people he's connected to. After capturing the image in his mind, Salventius then reproduces it into a drawing. He tells Konbini:
"It is something that feels very natural. It comes as it goes. Spontaneity is also something that makes the quality of the portraits better, the inspiration I get from real life and online portraits is feeding the output subconsciously."
Unsurprisingly, people are recognizing themselves in his art. This personal vibe is what attracts the connected generation and tattoo artists worldwide. Single line tattoos are popular due to their meaningful concept, both to the artist and the collector.
"The end result is even more perfect than I have imagined. You know, it’s all about the saying 'in the end, everything is OK, so if it is not OK, then its not the end.'
The continuous one line technique reflects life at its best. Don’t stop until it's perfect and a mistake can turn out to be something wonderful as long as you go with the flow, and trust on your skills."