Meryn Verhelst

Visual artist

a Belgian visual artist, whose work is deceivingly simple, at once playful and naïvely melancholic, sometimes scatological but very much layered in sophistication. His overwhelming, obtrusive canvases can both be oddly humorous as emotionally charged. Falling somewhere between representation, cartoonish street art and x-rayed abstraction, his colourful and satirical pop-canvases tell different stories with just a few flattened brush strokes.

 

Bassie

Merij Verhelst


Miso (surrealism): the symbolic and suggestive nature of Merijn's work fits well in the context of dream and child-like automatism espoused by the surrealist groups and some Cobra members. Not only interested in the unconscious process of creating, Merijn’s spontaneous method is a rejection of contemporary art (either conceptual or internet-based). He prefers uncivilized forms of expression, which create an interplay between the conscious, vivid art with subhuman figures to mirror the unseeing terror of progress-driven time, and unconscious, childlike pleasure in painting, its material, forms and result itself.⠀
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Umami (mojo) although Merijn shares some of his traits with famous cunt-lickers, the persistent artist can be proud to have found, in a world where reproduction is hailing and originality is fading, an original visual language lurking in your mind and senses. His figures and their stories are his. His colour flattening and blurring of moral grounds are his. But his art is ours to devour. Today, there are no such hyper-honest accounts of carnal desires and velvety fantasies around. The both semi- abstract as degenerate figurative (tachist) paintings are so cacophonously multi-tentacled that their balanced and at the same time rhythmic compositional structure will haunt you for a long time. His art is a unity that prolongs diversity.
Acryl on canvas/ 60x180cm

Empty conversation 

Merijn Verhelst


Inevitably there is one side of Meryn's work that is cartoonish and street artish. Intellectually, Merijn’s work is the personification of existential nihilism. Some of Merijn’s paintings tell us that life should not have an intrinsic meaning.The artist, however, does not imply that we should not try to make huge achievements.We could just enjoy the ride, whatever happens. The painting is embedded in an emotional network that, in its philosophical dimension, is rosy idealistic, violently anti-intellectual and emotionally charged. Merijn communicates, at an inimitably high pace, that forms must be felt, that colours unmistakably exist and that art must be layered in its meanings.
Acryl on wood/ 

Brainlessly Broken

Merijn Verhelst


Inevitably there is one side of Meryn's work that is cartoonish and street artish. Intellectually, Merijn’s work is the personification of existential nihilism. Some of Merijn’s paintings tell us that life should not have an intrinsic meaning.The artist, however, does not imply that we should not try to make huge achievements.We could just enjoy the ride, whatever happens. The painting is embedded in an emotional network that, in its philosophical dimension, is rosy idealistic, violently anti-intellectual and emotionally charged. Merijn communicates, at an inimitably high pace, that forms must be felt, that colours unmistakably exist and that art must be layered in its meanings.
Acryl on canvas/ 60x120cm

Circus Picolini

Merijn Verhelst


The naive spontaneity and celebration of the moment is due to Merijn’s exchange of school knowledge for (non-dualistic) spiritual beliefs and practical world knowledge. This is how Merijn has kept his imaginative use of visual language, universal tactility and frank objective intact.
The childless brilliance lies in his countless self-parodic styles of form-rich and form- fading clownish organisms.Although some of the designs are setups for genital and scatological jokes, it certainly gives the feeling of pointlessness and that they are there “just because”. But there is more to that, all of Merijn’s characters have struggles and fear.They also have many laughs; they enjoy the splendour of the universe and are dripped in a complex visual and emotional existence.
Acryl on canvas/ 80x140cm

Gonzo

Merijn Verhelst


Merijn’s work represents the intersection of childhood, with its colourful package, and the often-crippling reality of adulthood, with its content.What may initially appear as sweet and benign entertainment is actually an environment for (collective) self-reflection.This results from the artistic expression of apparent randomness and intuitiveness, where adulthood is mirrored through the struggles of marginalized characters.
Acryl on canvas/ 150x200cm

Gucci Beast

Merijn Verhelst

Merijn’s work represents the intersection of childhood, with its colourful package, and the often-crippling reality of adulthood, with its content.What may initially appear as sweet and benign entertainment is actually an environment for (collective) self-reflection.A reflection involving countless styles of amorphous organisms, contaminated bacteria and twisted individuals confronted with their own personal issues. This results from the artistic expression of apparent randomness and intuitiveness, where adulthood is mirrored through the struggles of marginalized characters. These narratives, whether good or bad, are explored by the spectator.⠀ ⠀Acryl on canvas/ 160x200cm

Untitled Reflections

Merijn Verhelst


Burned pointed cabbage (streetstyle postmodernism): By unconsciously appropriating elements of our increasingly steered visual culture as well as digitally processing structurally simple lines and geometric/ organic forms, Meryn proves to also belong to the all-embracing but still incapable narrative farce of postmodernism. The awareness of the imperfection of art and the non-intellectual, accessible and temporary nature of his work only reinforces such opinion.
Spring onion (neo-expressionism): due to Merijn’s fascination with primitive emotions and urges, this (what?) might well be the second easiest categorisation. Rebellious figures are straightened out, like losers. This is done by means of solid and strong colour areas, surrounded by a muted and quite dark outline. Abstract x-rayed interplays elevate his "script pictures" to multifaceted interpretable stories with a highly emotional and subversive content.
Acryl on canvas/ 60x160cm

Ludwig

Merijn Verhelst

Inevitably there is one side of Meryn's work that is cartoonish and street artish. Intellectually, Merijn’s work is the personification of existential nihilism. Some of Merijn’s paintings tell us that life should not have an intrinsic meaning. This animated video and painting describes our protagonist of the evening, Merijn and his intuitive sense of life translated onto canvas. I would not say that Merijn as an artist is pointless; he very much has a point and a message. His message, whilst being funny and heart-warming, is that our world does not have some greater purpose.The artist, however, does not imply that we should not try to make huge achievements.We could just enjoy the ride, whatever happens. Acryl on canvas/ 70x120cm

Altijd

Merijn Verhelst


Always racing true life, like a horny dog. Searching for the goodygoody. But now i see, there is great happiness in not wanting, in not being something, in not going somewhere"⠀

His paintings are as a rich multi-layered stew: a consumé of contemporary comedy that does more than being a laughing stock.
Acryl on canvas/ 120x180cm

Adriaan

Merijn Verhelst


Miso (surrealism): the symbolic and suggestive nature of Merijn's work fits well in the context of dream and child-like automatism espoused by the surrealist groups and some Cobra members. Not only interested in the unconscious process of creating, Merijn’s spontaneous method is a rejection of contemporary art (either conceptual or internet-based). He prefers uncivilized forms of expression, which create an interplay between the conscious, vivid art with subhuman figures to mirror the unseeing terror of progress-driven time, and unconscious, childlike pleasure in painting, its material, forms and result itself.⠀
⠀⠀
Umami (mojo) although Merijn shares some of his traits with famous cunt-lickers, the persistent artist can be proud to have found, in a world where reproduction is hailing and originality is fading, an original visual language lurking in your mind and senses. His figures and their stories are his. His colour flattening and blurring of moral grounds are his. But his art is ours to devour. Today, there are no such hyper-honest accounts of carnal desires and velvety fantasies around. The both semi- abstract as degenerate figurative (tachist) paintings are so cacophonously multi-tentacled that their balanced and at the same time rhythmic compositional structure will haunt you for a long time. His art is a unity that prolongs diversity.
Acryl on canvas/ 80x180cm

CEO

Merijn Verhelst


His method is etching his ideas in digital form and afterwards sensuous representing them on a canvas. His sci-fi figures seem to come straight out of a cartoon or a Marvel series. However, do not be fooled by the absurdist setting because his subjects’ emotions are recognizable. There is no script
Acryl on canvas/ 120x100cm

A shitty day

Merijn Verhelst


His method is etching his ideas in digital form and afterwards sensuous representing them on a canvas. His sci-fi figures seem to come straight out of a cartoon or a Marvel series. However, do not be fooled by the absurdist setting because his subjects’ emotions are recognizable. There is no script
Acryl on canvas/ 80x60cm

Wazaa

Merijn Verhelst


His method is etching his ideas in digital form and afterwards sensuous representing them on a canvas. His sci-fi figures seem to come straight out of a cartoon or a Marvel series. However, do not be fooled by the absurdist setting because his subjects’ emotions are recognizable. There is no script
Acryl on canvas/ 180x120cm

Flying balls

Merijn Verhelst


His method is etching his ideas in digital form and afterwards sensuous representing them on a canvas. His sci-fi figures seem to come straight out of a cartoon or a Marvel series. However, do not be fooled by the absurdist setting because his subjects’ emotions are recognizable. There is no script
Acryl on canvas/ 140x100cm

Breezy

Merijn Verhelst


His method is etching his ideas in digital form and afterwards sensuous representing them on a canvas. His sci-fi figures seem to come straight out of a cartoon or a Marvel series. However, do not be fooled by the absurdist setting because his subjects’ emotions are recognizable. There is no script
Acryl on canvas/ 120x80cm

Missing pieces

Merijn Verhelst


His method is etching his ideas in digital form and afterwards sensuous representing them on a canvas. His sci-fi figures seem to come straight out of a cartoon or a Marvel series. However, do not be fooled by the absurdist setting because his subjects’ emotions are recognizable. There is no script
Acryl on canvas/ 140x70cm

Thy heart

Merijn Verhelst


His method is etching his ideas in digital form and afterwards sensuous representing them on a canvas. His sci-fi figures seem to come straight out of a cartoon or a Marvel series. However, do not be fooled by the absurdist setting because his subjects’ emotions are recognizable. There is no script
Acryl on canvas/ 40x60cm