Wood Sculptures at Beginnings NYC

Beginnings — is glad to present the work of Merijn Hos, a contemporary Dutch artist and illustrator. The immediate pleasure of looking at these wooden objects with their bright hues and smooth brushwork is multiplied tenfold in a splendid array of faces and non-faces. Enter a lively forest of shapes and colors, enjoy a feast of immersive sculpture and three-dimensional charm. Wood Sculptures is a rare opportunity to see this body of work outside of Europe and the first time it has been collected in its entirety. The sculptures pull from references to modernism and folk art, the colors are reminiscent of Alexander Girard and the linework of Stig Lindberg. The timeless spirit of good design that crosses borders and breezes across oceans

Wood Sculptures is a collection of works originally made for an exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Kampen in the Netherlands, which was on display in the Spring of 2012. The group exhibition, which the installation was part of, was entitled, “Grenzeloos” (nl) - translated as “Boundless”. A number of contemporary Dutch Illustrators working in the traditional context of commercial art projects and self initiated artworks were featured in the show.

The series consists of 109 unique sculptures varying in size between 5 and 14 inches. I began the creation process by drawing objects that appear frequently in my work, for example, plants, faces and pottery in their most simple form, narrowing each item down to the essence of their shape. The drawings were then cut out of wood and finalized with house paint and acrylics. Being inspired by Art Brut and Folk Art I decided to paint what are rather abstract forms in a naïve way, using about 24 colors and a uniform brush size.

Visit a full website that includes 262 different wood sculptures and more about the project here: www.woodsculptures.eu