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Merijn Verhelst


Merijn Verhelst (b. 1990, Brussels) is a Belgian artist currently based in Brussels. His work is deceivingly simple, at once playful and naïvely melancholic, sometimes scatological yet very much layered in sophistication. Distinct throughout his overwhelming, obtrusive sculptural paintings, his tone is at once oddly humorous and emotionally charged.


Verhelst intuitively conceives optically dazzling works, until all the separate pieces of wood, marks, lines, and forms unite into a singular world. This non-representational universe ultimately initiates a dialogue between the abundance of neon colors and formalist aesthetic, all-the-while acting as an entry point into his child imagination – a childhood freezer filled with popsicles alongside hints of secret passageways. Combining a sense of craftsmanship with select flattened brushstrokes, his X-ray, precise abstract language is a subtle combination of elements of pop art and minimalism.

-Arthur Buerms


  • Group show Paella at the gallery Leuven (2023)

  • Table d'hote ARTwithFOOD Niel Deweerdt Brussels (2023)

  • ​The nomadic art gallery Group show Gent (2022)

  • The nomadic art gallery Group show Leuven (2022)

  • Solo exhibition Vleeshallen Mechelen (2022)

  • Solo exhibition Fuse Brussels (2020)

  • the Art strEAT solo exhibition Brussels (2019)

  • Artipool Group show Belgium (2018) 

  • m0(ve)ment group show as part of Life of L Belgium (2017)


  • American vintage

  • Sleek mag

  • ODDA magazine 

  • Arst and collections

  • The art couch

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