Monday, April 13, 2015

"Wood Sculptures" by Merijn Hos

Good morning friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. What better way to start a brand new week than some delightful art. Dutch illustrator and graphic artist Merijn Hos creates detailed hand painted wooden sculptures that are colorful and playful in nature. The very first collection of wooden sculptures was made for an exhibition entitled, “Grenzeloos” translated as “Boundless” at the Stedelijk Museum Kampen in the Netherlands, which consisted of 109 pieces in total varying in size between 5 and 14 inches.

"The pieces found their origin from series of line drawings that I had been doing for a while. I wanted to take these line drawings a step further and make paintings based on them but I found out that it did not work. They were not spontaneous enough like the drawings, there was no energy in them and so I put this on hold. When I was asked to participate in a group show at the Stedelijk Museum in Kampen in the spring of 2012, I started thinking again about how to work out my drawings in paint and spontaneously came up with the idea to cut silhouettes out of wood and paint them very loosely to avoid the urge to hold on to an outline. Also I had been watching some old documentaries about folk art and was so inspired by the spontaneity of it, just painting without thinking too much about what you are doing. I painted a few and liked the result." That was the beginning where his paintings were becoming three dimensional objects. And to make them he used about 24 colors and a uniform brush family.

You can view all the pieces from the series and more projects at