Merijn Verhelst, @theheadlessguy, a Belgian 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. ⠀ ⠀ Therefore the tracing Merijn's artistic family tree makes many eyebrows frown. Andy Warhol fell in love with Basquiat and decided to do the impossible, adopt a child. Due to early death and heroin addiction, Merijn ended up in countless foster families. First with Karel appel but because he was bitten by a Cobra, he marginalised further with Dubuffet. Until one day he got to know cartoon shows like Rick and Morty and futurama. Without renouncing his modest roots, Merijn is now building on his own story. A childlike and at the same time existential nihilistic story full of contrasting colours, emotional faces, strong clean lines and aesthetic meaninglessness. ⠀ ⠀ #acrylic #curator #zeitgenössischekunst #visualart #painting #life0fl #nomadicgallery #exposition #eigenstijl #absurd #onlinegallery #kunst #emotions #noscript #color #vividcomposition #art#artector #artbrut #art #belgiumart #belgiumartist #neoexpressionism #cartoon #popartish #streetartish #art#artistsoninstagram #artist #theheadlessguy #contemporaryart #brutart
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