Merijn Hos
500 Drawings and a Sculpture

March 01 - March 22, 2014
opening: March 01, 16h - 20h

Opperclaes Gallery
Claes de Vrieselaan 103
3021 JG Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Thu-Fri-Sat 12h – 17h


Recently I updated the wood sculpture website with 100 new pieces and exhibition news and instalation pictures.


Recently I did a interview with Metal magazine, read it here


Don’t Shoot the Messenger / Design Museo Helsinki
The Expanding Field of Graphic Design
11.10.2013 - 12.1.2014

Design Museum’s main exhibition of the autumn season addresses contemporary phenomena and challenges in graphic design from the perspectives of Finnish and international designers.

Graphic designers are messengers, whose role is being redefined as their professional field is expanding, as in many other areas of the arts and design. This exhibition at Design Museum explores the present state of graphic design and asks where it is headed.

Sixteen designers or design offices from five European countries have been chosen for the exhibition. The participants include Ben & Julia (DE), Carnovsky (IT), Eike König (HORT) (DE), (US), Kokoro & Moi (FI), Letman (NL), Linda Linko (FI), Merijn Hos (NL), Metahaven (NL), Milla Ahola (FI), Tsto (FI), Studio Moniker (NL), Santtu Mustonen (FI), Ollanski (DE), Janine Rewell (FI), Thisissand (FI) and Tzortzis Rallis (GR/UK).

A separate entity within the exhibition consists of the exhibit Fully Booked: Ink on Paper which has been compiled of work by 29 designers in up to 300 printed publications. This exhibit has been curated by the Gestalten publishing house of Berlin. The featured designers include Stefan Sagmeister and Coralie Bickford-Smith.

Don’t Shoot the Messenger asks how contemporary phenomena appear in the work of contemporary designers. These include critical design and political views, the birth and death of media, the changing concept of work, new methods such as participatoriness, and changes in tools and technologies.

The graphic design of the exhibition is by Tsto, a Helsinki-based design office.


Bedford Pages issue 01 guest curated by Jeroen van Mourik and myself.
Featuring artwork by: Jan van de Ploeg, Stefan Marx, Nick Ervinck, Michael Swaney, Eltono, Jay Cover/Nous Vous, Boris Tellegen, Russell Maurice, Terry Haggerty and Marcus Oakley. A short text on artist Matthew Feyld. A interview with musician Felix Machines. The childhood drawings by musician Andy Jenkinson/Ceephax Acid Crew. A series of drawings by Ken Kagami, A short story by Jeroen van Goor. Essay on how things emerge by Jaap Hos, painting by Ted Parker and a duo interview with me and Jeroen alongside a series of collaborative work we made together for this issue. Design by Hoax. Available online here:


Some pictures of the Being Dreaming exhibition at KK Outlet can be seen here


Hugo & Marie
Being / Dreaming

Arts and Sciences are two disciplines that are often thought of as disparate ways of looking at the world, when in fact both incite curiosity and encourage an exploration of the world we inhabit. Both innovate and encourage different ways of thinking.
Being Dreaming is an exhibition that features work which explores this collision of arts and science. The exhibition brings together the works of twelve artists in the first ever exhibition of New York based creative agency, Hugo & Marie.

Exhibiting Artists

Hisham Akira Bharoocha / Deanne Cheuk / Tom Darracott / Merijn Hos / Mario Hugo / Hvass & Hannibal / Jules Julien / Micah Lidberg / Santtu Mustonen / MVM / Mike Perry / Kustaa Saksi

The works featured in Being Dreaming move through painting to drawing, weaving to video as each artist interprets motifs including – anatomy, botany, ecology,
geometry, energy, mythology – in their own definitive style. Over 100 works will make up the exhibition. Displayed in a traditional salon style, the works will span every inch of the gallery from floor to ceiling, edge to edge.

Hugo & Marie are described as a creative agency but this doesn’t adequately define who they are and what they do. The creatives they work with are some of the most talented contemporary visual artists and together they have produced an array of thrilling and utterly brilliant pieces of work across a range of different mediums.


Because I see the wood sculptures as a side project next to my Illustration work and other Art related projects I decided to give them their own home. Have a look here:


View some pictures of the opening of Wood Sculptures here

And for those who are interested, the wood sculptures are now available through the gallery.
You can view the inventory list here

Also, a great article on Beginnings- and Wood Sculptures on Sight Unseen

picture credits: Ryan Patterson


Wood Sculptures by Merijn Hos
Dec 6 — Jan 6

Opening Dec 6, 7—10pm

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.

— Merijn Hos, 2012

Generously supported by: Hugo & Marie

110 Meserole Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222


Walls at Gallery Vous Etes Eci.

We Like Art curated a exhibition for their new concept We Like Walls. On show till the end of December at Vous Etes Ici in Amsterdam.


Merijn Hos, Chiaki Kamikawa, Rob Strick

The exhibition opens on Saturday 27 October at 5 pm and goes on until 24 November.
Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday: 12 – 5pm, Saturday: 11am – 5pm.

Merijn Hos will make a special wall drawing for this exhibition.

galerie with tsjalling
oosterstraat 26
9711 NV Groningen
The Netherlands


From 18/10 till 20/10, as part of ADE, Acid in Oz.
Included in the event are some of the original artworks that are used to create the 030303 records sleeves.

Oz. Amsterdam
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 66, 1012 DP Amsterdam


Woodsculpters tumblr


There is a little piece on me at the MB! by Mercedes Benz magazine, here


A video interview about the show I did with Ted Parker


Exhibition during graphic design festival Breda at JFK 14
9.09.2012 - 23.09.2012

What kind of freedom do designers have when working for their clients? Is there a large difference between the first sketch and the final product? Does a client understand and appreciate artistic freedom? When is compromise a good thing? ‘Finished_Final_Def’ takes a look at the different stages of a design process and lays the feelings of control and satisfaction bare that is experienced by the designer.
We are surrounded by design. Objects that are products of human creativity, energy and endurance. Posters, packaging and different types media that have undergone a process which is kept invisible to us. We often don’t realize the amount of work it takes to create the products we see around us. A finished piece of work is often the product of a journey through ideas, concepts, sketches, meetings, revisions and polishing before arriving at the final product which is what we get to see.

Curated by Hedof.
Participating designers: Ephameron (BE) // Merijn Hos (NL) // Snask (SE) // Staynice (NL) // Olimpia Zagnoli (IT) // Sue Doeksen (NL) // Sac Magique (FI) // Khuan + Krton (BE) // Lennard Schuurmans (NL) // Pietari Posti (FI/ES) // Josh Cochran (USA) // Loulou & Tummie (NL) // Ben Newman (UK) // Lotta Nieminnen (FI) // Jean Julien (UK)

More information: website gdfb


Check out my pencil drawings here


Recent publications that feature my work include, Please! magazine, Computer Arts Collection and Behind Illustrations published by Index books


July 6 - July 20
Ted Parker & Merijn Hos
Collaborative Works

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 66

Click here to see the show and some of the works


We Like Art at Open Tuinen Dagen

participating artist:
Alice Brasser, Anouk Kruithof, Arno Nollen, Charlotte Dumas, Drawing Apart Together, Dieuwke Spaans, Ellen Mandemaker, Elspeth Diederix, Erik Odijk, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Han Schuil, Hellen van Meene, Heringa/Van Kalsbeek, Ina van Zyl, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Isabelle Wenzel, Joncquil, Koen Vermeule, Lilian Eliens, Lisa Couwenbergh, Luc Tuymans, Marc Mulders, Malin Persson, Marike Schuurman, Mariken Wessels, Maria Roosen, Marjolein Rothman, Mark Manders, Martina Sauter, Merijn Bolink, Merijn Hos, Popel Coumou, Raoul de Keyser, Rob Johannesma, Roland Schimmel, Ronald de Bloeme, Ronald Ophuis, Rosemin Hendriks, Sander van Deurzen, Sebastiaan Bremer, Thomas Elshuis, Tim Ayres en Viviane Sassen.

Kerkstraat 67, Amsterdam
Fri 15, Sat 16 and Sun June 17, 2012 from 10 - 17 hr


May 20 - June 24
Duo exhibition with Martijn Schuppers
vernisage: May 20 / 15:00

Kunsthal Hof'88
Elisabethhof 6
7607 ZD Almelo


Grenzeloos / Boundless
Groupshow at Stedelijk Museum Kampen.
31 march - 10 june 2012


After more than 6 years I finally have a new website. I hope you like it and please get in touch any time.
My old website is no longer online but you can visit the old news blog here:

More personal drawings can be found here: