|Genres||Observational comedy, Satire|
Herr Seele, the pseudonym of Peter van Heirseele, is a Flemish cartoonist, author, actor, presenter and piano collector. He is mainly known for the absurd comic Cowboy Henk, which ran until 2011 in the weekly magazine Humo.
Van Heirseele was born in Torhout and attended the Sint-Jozefsinstituut. When he was sixteen, he went to the Ghent Academy for the Fine Arts, where he completed his high school years and followed a year in sculpting, after which he learned to tune and repair piano's at the Ystrad Mynach School in Wales. He then went to Florence, Italy, where he learned how to renovate them.
In 1981, he began drawing Cowboy Henk with Kamagurka, for the first time using the pseudonym of Herr Seele. Originally, the comic was intended for De Vooruit, but they soon became an exclusive item in HUMO. Cowboy Henk was published in several countries, including in Scandinavia and the United States of America.
In 1983, Herr Seele starts acting for television, his first show being Sfeervol Bullshitten, which was written by Kamagurka. It was followed in 1985 by a 20-part series, called Kamagurka en Herr Seele, written by the duo for the Dutch VPRO. After these first successes, other shows followed like Johnnywood, Wees Blij Met Wat Je Hebt, Lava and Bob & George.
Herr Seele owns one of the most renowned collections of early historic pianos in the world, which is stored at Ostend and contains over 200 instruments.