Bas Schippers (28) is a Dutch painter currently studying at the AKI Academy of Art & Design in Enschede, The Netherlands. ''I research the perception of masculinity in today's society and how it relates to vulnerability and strength. Is it possible for a man to show weakness but still be perceived as strong? With the help of stereotypes and humor I try to create layered and sensitive images that evoke questions. Questions that even I myself do not have the answers to. I question my own prejudice about being tough but also about embracing femininity and being vulnerable. By painting in a searching manner and using symbolism I try to represent my chaotic thought process and the search to my own identity''