Ever Meulen

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Ever Meulen (born Eddy Vermeulen on 12 February 1946 in Kuurne, Belgium[1]) is a Belgian illustrator, cartoonist, caricaturist and comic strip artist. His pseudonym is based on his name E. Vermeulen.[2]

Biography[edit]

Vermeulen studied graphic arts at the Sint-Lucas School of Architecture in Ghent and Brussels. He debuted in 1970, working for the magazine Humo, where he drew both comics ("Balthazar de Groene Steenvreter" ("Balthasar the Green Stone Eater") and "Piet Peuk" ("Pete Stub")),[1] as well as cover illustrations, caricatures[2] and illustrations to articles.[3] When Humo published books or CDs, Meulen often provided the cover illustration.[4] In 1983 Humo won a Gold Award for a magazine cover created by Meulen about the visit of pope John-Paul II to Poland, which featured a photograph of the pope sporting Lech Walesa's moustache.[5]

Meulen also had success abroad. In the Netherlands his work was published in the underground comix magazine Tante Leny presenteert!, as well as Vrij Nederland[4] and OOR.[5] In France he published in Libération[2] and Télé-Moustique.[1] During the 1980s his work appeared in Raw and New Yorker.[6] One of his covers for RAW won the Certificate of Design Excellence.[5] His work has been exhibited in London, Liverpool, Angoulême, New York, Genève, Amsterdam, Lyon and Turku, Finland. Meulen's book Verve (2006), collecting his most important graphic work from 1988 to 2005, has a foreword by Art Spiegelman.[7][8] Other artists who praised his work were Saul Steinberg and Andy Warhol.[9]

Meulen also designed the annual Gouden Uil award[5] and made album covers for the Belgian bands The Employees, Telex and singer Raymond van het Groenewoud.[10]

Meulen is known for his love of stylish cars and motorcycles,[2] as well as old Belgian comics from Tintin and Spirou, two elements he frequently pays homage to in his work. He owns an Oldsmobile.[9] His early work is elegant and extravagant, while from 1979 his style became "sharper and hookier".[1]

He taught at Sint-Lucas in Ghent,[1] where one of his students was Jeroom.

In 2013 Meulen received the Henry Van de Velde Award for his entire career.[11]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Ever Meulen: Eddy Vermeulen (b. 12 February 1946, Belgium)", Lambiek Comiclopedia.
  2. ^ a b c d "Interview met Ever Meulen", Westlease, 2 April 2013.
  3. ^ "ever meulen - de zaak ttt", Moors Magazine.
  4. ^ a b "de bedrieglijk simpele tekeningen van ever meulen", Moors Magazine.
  5. ^ a b c d "Ever Meulen", Kuurne.
  6. ^ "de new yorker-covers van ever meulen", Moors Magazine.
  7. ^ Joris Vanden Broeck, "Verve (Ever Meulen)", enola.be, 3 February 2006.
  8. ^ "Ever Meulen. Verve", Libération, 26 January 2006.
  9. ^ a b Elien Haentjens, "Ever Meulen: 'Dankzij Kuifje voelde ik me thuis in Brussel'", Bruzz.
  10. ^ "Kunst op de hoes", Knack Focus, 18 February 2011.
  11. ^ "Ever Meulen", Lekstock.

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