Gentile Giant

Merijn explores themes of friendship and loyalty with intricate line work and detail.

Retape

Art direction and design for Retape's album, Singles On The Double. The particular brand of Nordic acid house is translated into a pulsing, psychedelic illustration, and pressed onto specialty red vinyl. Released on 030303.

Retape

Art direction and design for Retape's album, Singles On The Double. The particular brand of Nordic acid house is translated into a pulsing, psychedelic illustration, and pressed onto specialty red vinyl. Released on 030303.

Guillotine

Art direction and design for the cover of National Razor, the debut LP from Brazilian electronica duo, Guillotine. A funeral procession of whimsical, well-heeled ghosts march across the cover, ushering in a playfully morose mood. Released on DJ collective and 030303.

Guillotine

Art direction and design for the cover of National Razor, the debut LP from Brazilian electronica duo, Guillotine. A funeral procession of whimsical, well-heeled ghosts march across the cover, ushering in a playfully morose mood. Released on DJ collective and 030303.

Secret 7"

Album artwork for the single "Team" from Lorde’s debut album, Pure Heroine. Secret 7" is a fundraising project combining music and art for a good cause. Hundreds of creatives are invited to create a one off 7" vinyl sleeve with a secret track. All proceeds goes to charity.

Secret 7"

Album artwork for Massive Attack’s "Karmacomma", the titular single from their 1995 album. Secret 7" is a fundraising project combining music and art for a good cause. Hundreds of creatives are invited to create a one off 7" vinyl sleeve with a secret track. All proceeds goes to charity.

I'm Ghost

A portfolio of 12 risograph prints, showcasing Merijn's uncanny ability to find characters in everyday objects. Produced in an edition of 35. Published by Jordskred.

I'm Ghost

A portfolio of 12 risograph prints, showcasing Merijn's uncanny ability to find characters in everyday objects. Produced in an edition of 35. Published by Jordskred.

I'm Ghost

A portfolio of 12 risograph prints, showcasing Merijn's uncanny ability to find characters in everyday objects. Produced in an edition of 35. Published by Jordskred.

I'm Ghost

A portfolio of 12 risograph prints, showcasing Merijn's uncanny ability to find characters in everyday objects. Produced in an edition of 35. Published by Jordskred.

I'm Ghost

A portfolio of 12 risograph prints, showcasing Merijn's uncanny ability to find characters in everyday objects. Produced in an edition of 35. Published by Jordskred.

I'm Ghost

A portfolio of 12 risograph prints, showcasing Merijn's uncanny ability to find characters in everyday objects. Produced in an edition of 35. Published by Jordskred.

I'm Ghost

A portfolio of 12 risograph prints, showcasing Merijn's uncanny ability to find characters in everyday objects. Produced in an edition of 35. Published by Jordskred.

Pori Jazz

Poster design for the 49th Pori Jazz Festival, an annual event playing host to a range of international artists in the city of Pori, Finland.

Untitled

Merijn creates a pattern with a colorful, playful vibe. Personal work.

Untitled

A multilayered illustration combining abstract shapes and textures. Personal work.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Teaser animation for Down the Rabbit Hole, the buzzed about surrealist music, art, and design festival in the Dutch lowlands. Illustration by Merijn Hos. Animation by Jurriaan Hos.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Still from a teaser animation for Down the Rabbit Hole, the buzzed about surrealist music, art, and design festival in the Dutch lowlands. Illustration by Merijn Hos. Animation by Jurriaan Hos.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Still from a teaser animation for Down the Rabbit Hole, the buzzed about surrealist music, art, and design festival in the Dutch lowlands. Illustration by Merijn Hos. Animation by Jurriaan Hos.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Still from a teaser animation for Down the Rabbit Hole, the buzzed about surrealist music, art, and design festival in the Dutch lowlands. Illustration by Merijn Hos. Animation by Jurriaan Hos.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Still from a teaser animation for Down the Rabbit Hole, the buzzed about surrealist music, art, and design festival in the Dutch lowlands. Illustration by Merijn Hos. Animation by Jurriaan Hos.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Still from a teaser animation for Down the Rabbit Hole, the buzzed about surrealist music, art, and design festival in the Dutch lowlands. Illustration by Merijn Hos. Animation by Jurriaan Hos.

Numbers

Illustrated numerals originally drawn for Het Financieel Dagblad (Dutch Financial Times). Featured here in a slighty different context.

Numbers

Illustrated numerals originally drawn for Het Financieel Dagblad (Dutch Financial Times). Featured here in a slighty different context.

Numbers

Illustrated numerals originally drawn for Het Financieel Dagblad (Dutch Financial Times). Featured here in a slighty different context.

Numbers

Illustrated numerals originally drawn for Het Financieel Dagblad (Dutch Financial Times). Featured here in a slighty different context.

Numbers

Illustrated numerals originally drawn for Het Financieel Dagblad (Dutch Financial Times). Featured here in a slighty different context.

Numbers

Illustrated numerals originally drawn for Het Financieel Dagblad (Dutch Financial Times). Featured here in a slighty different context.

Beautiful Minds Foundation

Collage for the Griffin Farley's Beautiful Minds Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing grants to students and professionals interested in pursuing strategy and propagation planning in memory of Griffin Farley.

Legowelt at Tivoli

Poster for Legowelt, a concert for a Dutch electronic musician, held at the Tivoli music hall in Utrecht.

030303 - Various

Cover for 030303's debut vinyl release, Various, featuring a collection of talented electronic artists.

030303 - Various

Cover for 030303's debut vinyl release, Various, featuring a collection of talented electronic artists.

030303 Various II

Art direction and design for 030303 Records' second compilation album, Various II, featuring music by Elec Pt.1, Jonny 3 Snares, Automatic Tasty and many more.

030303 Various II

Art direction and design for 030303 Records' second compilation album, Various II, featuring music by Elec Pt.1, Jonny 3 Snares, Automatic Tasty and many more.

030303 Various II

Art direction and design for 030303 Records' second compilation album, Various II, featuring music by Elec Pt.1, Jonny 3 Snares, Automatic Tasty and many more.

030303 Various II

Art direction and design for 030303 Records' second compilation album, Various II, featuring music by Elec Pt.1, Jonny 3 Snares, Automatic Tasty and many more.

IF at Tivoli

Poster for a concert featuring the elusive Dutch producer I-F and XOSAR at Tivoli in Utrecht.

Computer Arts Collection

Bird Pattern for Computer Arts Collection Illustration Volume 2, the second edition of the Computer Arts' annual publication, providing insight and inspiration from the global design industry.

Young Hearth

A stirring and detailed illustration for a book about the hearth and home.

Redbull Music Academy New York 2013

Artwork for Fixed Tax, a set by Electronic house group TURRBOTAX®, in association with Fixed and Red Bull Music Academy.

Redbull Music Academy New York 2013

Promotional artwork for house musician, Byte Boogie. Created in collaboration with the Red Bull Music Academy.

Secret 7"

Abstract paper collage for Secret 7", a fundraising project combining music and art for a good cause. Hundreds of creatives are invited to create a one off 7" vinyl sleeve with a secret track. All proceeds goes to charity.

New York Times

An illustration to accompany an article by New York Times columnist, Seth Horowitz, exploring why listening is so much more than hearing.

Please! Magazine

Illustrated story for the 5th anniversary issue of Parisian fashion magazine, Please! Art direction by Leslie David.

Please! Magazine

Illustrated story for the 5th anniversary issue of Parisian fashion magazine, Please! Art direction by Leslie David.

Collaborative Works

Personal project in collaboration with illustrator Ted Parker, displayed at Oz, a creative space in Amsterdam.

Collaborative Works

Personal project in collaboration with illustrator Ted Parker, displayed at Oz, a creative space in Amsterdam.

Teamwork

A joyful illustration for a private commission. China ink on paper.

Trophies

A series of slightly imperfect trophies celebrating the achievements of everyday life. Espresso and pencil on paper.

Trophies

A series of slightly imperfect trophies celebrating the achievements of everyday life. Espresso and pencil on paper.

Trophies

A series of slightly imperfect trophies celebrating the achievements of everyday life. Espresso and pencil on paper.

Trophies

A series of slightly imperfect trophies celebrating the achievements of everyday life. Created with espresso and pencil on paper.

Trophies

A series of slightly imperfect trophies celebrating the achievements of everyday life. Espresso and pencil on paper.

Trophies

A series of slightly imperfect trophies celebrating the achievements of everyday life. Espresso and pencil on paper.

The Fader X (RED)

A campaign from (RED) promoting health and education services in the Aids Free Generation, published in The Fader magazine.

Wrap Magazine

Pattern for the debut issue of Wrap Magazine, a publication featuring young designers and illustrators. Each issue of Wrap includes five double sided sheets of wrapping paper.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper illustration for Kuvva, a commercial image sharing platform giving users access to a library of wallpapers for desktop and mobile.

DixonBaxi

Custom 'Dot' poster created for London based creative agency DixonBaxi, celebrating their tenth anniversary.

Verkade

Commemorative cookie tins designed to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Verkade, a Dutch biscuit company.

Chris Moss Acid

Art direction and illustration for British musician Chris Moss Acid's sophomore album, Bay Of Cadiz. Released on 030303.

Vice

Editorial illustration for Vice Magazine's annual "Guide to Festivals."

Simon and Garfunkel

Conceptual illustration reworking Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Part of a series of re-imagined record covers.

Fleetwood Mac

Conceptual illustration reworking Fleetwood Mac's album, Rumors. Part of a series of re-imagined record covers.

Joan Baez

Conceptual illustration reworking Joan Baez's self titled album, released in 1972. Part of a series of re-imagined record covers.

Chapter One / Genesis

China ink and collage illustration for the Genesis group exhibition, held at the Chapter One Gallery in London.

Chapter One / Genesis

China ink and collage illustration for the Genesis group exhibition, held at the Chapter One Gallery in London.

Implosions

Paper collage illustration from the Implosions series. Small organic forms and bright colors create playful compositions.

Implosions

Paper collage illustration from the Implosions series. Small organic forms and bright colors create playful compositions.

Implosions

Paper collage illustration from the Implosions series. Small organic forms and bright colors create playful compositions.

Implosions

Paper collage illustration from the Implosions series. Small organic forms and bright colors create playful compositions.

Implosions

Paper collage illustration from the Implosions series. Small organic forms and bright colors create playful compositions.

China Ink

A personal series of china ink drawings. Complicated machinery plays host to whimsical and charmingly absurd characters.

China Ink

A personal series of china ink drawings. Complicated machinery plays host to whimsical and charmingly absurd characters.

China Ink

A personal series of china ink drawings. Complicated machinery plays host to whimsical and charmingly absurd characters.

China Ink

A personal series of china ink drawings. Complicated machinery plays host to whimsical and charmingly absurd characters.

China Ink

A personal series of china ink drawings. Complicated machinery plays host to whimsical and charmingly absurd characters.

China Ink

A personal series of china ink drawings. Complicated machinery plays host to whimsical and charmingly absurd characters.

China Ink

A rich illustration from Merijn's ongoing China Ink series, where mischievous characters and fantastical machines dot whimsical yet eerie worlds.

China Ink

A rich illustration from Merijn's ongoing China Ink series, where mischievous characters and fantastical machines dot whimsical yet eerie worlds.

China Ink

A rich illustration from Merijn's ongoing China Ink series, where mischievous characters and fantastical machines dot whimsical yet eerie worlds.

China Ink

A rich illustration from Merijn's ongoing China Ink series, where mischievous characters and fantastical machines dot whimsical yet eerie worlds.

Mousse Magazine

Illustration for issue no.30 of Italian contemporary art magazine, Mousse. The artwork accompanies the article, "A New Fruit" by Nick Currie.

Children's Marker

From a series of playful marker drawings, evoking memories of child-like imagination and discovery.

ViForældre

Editorial illustration for an article about snot. For ViForældre, a Danish magazine for parents of toddlers.

ViForældre Magazine

Editorial llustration for an article about snot. For ViForældre, a Danish magazine for parents of toddlers.

Don't Worry Be Happy

Collages created for Don't Worry Be Happy, a group show at Showroom Mama in Rotterdam.

Organic Collages

A dense forest landscape of abstract forms and mysterious characters. Part of the Organic Collage series. Collage on paper.

Organic Collages

A dense forest landscape of abstract forms and mysterious characters. Part of the Organic Collage series. Collage on paper.

Organic Collages

A dense forest landscape of abstract forms and mysterious characters. Part of the Organic Collage series. Collage on paper.

Organic Collages

A dense forest landscape of abstract forms and mysterious characters. Part of the Organic Collage series. Collage on paper.

Leifsdottir

Illustration for fashion label Leifsdottir's launch event at Bloomingdales, New York.

Arte

Pattern for Arte Creative, a trilingual (German, French, English) website celebrating an international creative community of renowned artists.

D'Arcangelo Album

Cosmic album artwork for D'Arcangelo's release, Cradle and Go! Released on 030303 Records.

D'Arcangelo Album

Cosmic album artwork for D'Arcangelo's release, Cradle and Go! Released on 030303 Records.

EOD Utrecht

Art direction and illustration for EOD's album, Utrech. Released on 030303.

EOD Utrecht

Art direction and illustration for EOD's album, Utrech. Released on 030303.

We Transfer

A lush landscape of psychedelic florals and mountain-like creatures for We Transfer, an online file sharing service.

Just Do It

Nike's iconic catchphrase is endowed with awards and medallions in this typographic treatment for a series of illustrated t-shirts. Created for Nike Women's Running line, in collaboration with Accept & Proceed.

Beautiful Decay

Illustration for "The Underdog", an article in Beautiful/Decay Magazine, a publication for those who see beauty in deterioration and wish to push creativity to its limits.

Beautiful Decay

Illustration for "The Underdog", an article in Beautiful/Decay Magazine, a publication for those who see beauty in deterioration and wish to push creativity to its limits.

Global Goon - Plastic Orchestra

Art direction and illustration for Global Goon's album, Plastic Orchestra. Released on 030303 Records.

Global Goon - Plastic Orchestra

Art direction and illustration for Global Goon's album, Plastic Orchestra. Released on 030303 Records.

Oz

Illustration created for Oz, a studio and project space based in Amsterdam. The piece was shown at a 2012 joint exhibition, entitled Collaborative Works M.Hos & T.Parker.

Hohe Luft Magazine

Editorial illustration exploring the theme of hope for the German philosophy magazine, Hohe Luft.

Scarf

Scarf pattern created for Hugo & Marie. Oversized and soft, printed on 100% silk habotai and hand finished in the United States.

Scarf

Oversized and soft, printed on 100% silk habotai and hand finished in the United States. Pattern created for Hugo & Marie.

Scarf

Scarf pattern created for Hugo & Marie. Oversized and soft, printed on 100% silk habotai and hand finished in the United States.

Scarf

Scarf pattern created for Hugo & Marie. Oversized and soft, printed on 100% silk habotai and hand finished in the United States.

Shifty Skateboards

Illustration for a series of skateboards for Shifty, featuring dynamic and free-floating forms.

Interland

Intricate line work drawing for Interland Expo, shown at the Alley Art Gallery in The Netherlands.

Pepsi's The Art of Football

Campaign for Pepsi's The Art of Football featuring Robin van Persi. In collaboration with photographer Danny Clinch and 180LA.

Plant Outlines

Beautifully organic line drawings of plants growing luxuriantly. Pencil on paper.

Plant Outlines

Beautifully organic line drawings of plants growing luxuriantly. Pencil on paper.

Plant Outlines

Beautifully organic line drawings of plants growing luxuriantly. Pencil on paper.

Plant Outlines

Beautifully organic line drawings of plants growing luxuriantly. Pencil on paper.

Point Collage

Paper collage illustration from the Point Collage series. Fluid forms and bright colors create playful triangular compositions.

Point Collage

Paper collage illustration from the Point Collage series. Fluid forms and bright colors create playful triangular compositions.

Up x Art x Merijn Hos

Merijn was invited to participate in Jawbone’s Up X Art, a collaboration between data scientists, storytellers and artists. Jawbone’s Up system collects and collates data about a user’s daily habits, from workouts to sleeping habits. Drawing from his history with skateboarding, Merijn’s kinetic forms and vibrant colors provide an environment of play for his characters to inhabit.

Up x Art x Merijn Hos

Merijn was invited to participate in Jawbone’s Up X Art, a collaboration between data scientists, storytellers and artists. Jawbone’s Up system collects and collates data about a user’s daily habits, from workouts to sleeping habits. Drawing from his history with skateboarding, Merijn’s kinetic forms and vibrant colors provide an environment of play for his characters to inhabit.

Up x Art x Merijn Hos

Merijn was invited to participate in Jawbone’s Up X Art, a collaboration between data scientists, storytellers and artists. Jawbone’s Up system collects and collates data about a user’s daily habits, from workouts to sleeping habits. Drawing from his history with skateboarding, Merijn’s kinetic forms and vibrant colors provide an environment of play for his characters to inhabit.

Up x Art x Merijn Hos

Merijn was invited to participate in Jawbone’s Up X Art, a collaboration between data scientists, storytellers and artists. Jawbone’s Up system collects and collates data about a user’s daily habits, from workouts to sleeping habits. Drawing from his history with skateboarding, Merijn’s kinetic forms and vibrant colors provide an environment of play for his characters to inhabit.

Het Kapitaal

An energetic illustration to decorate a soup cup for creative space, Kapitaal, based in Utrecht, The Netherlands

WeTransfer x Printed Pages

Illustration for a WeTransfer x Printed Pages collaboration, featuring chaotic and intricately layered shapes.

Wired

Ornate typographic piece for Wired Magazine, a publication covering current and future trends in technology.

Cosmic Collage

With paper and pencil, Merijn creates an abstract landscape of exploration in his Cosmic Collage series.

Cosmic Collage

With paper and pencil, Merijn creates an abstract landscape of exploration in his Cosmic Collage series.

About

Merijn Hos is an artist and illustrator from Utrecht, The Netherlands. He divides his time between working as a commercial illustrator and working on his own personal projects, exhibitions, and independent publishing. Merijn’s clients include Jawbone, 030303 Records, Coca-Cola, Dazed & Confused Magazine, Red Bull, Wired Magazine, Keds, Vice Magazine, Pepsi, Le Sportsac, Nickelodeon, Adobe and Nike.

Exhibitions

Merijn’s work has been exhibited worldwide at KK Outlet, Chapter One, and Rough Trade in London, Beginnings Gallery, and Grey Area in New York, Showroom Mama, Opperclaes Gallery, and Stedelijk Museum Kampen in The Netherlands, Studio Banana in Madrid, Parsons School of Design in Paris, McCulloch Gallery in Melbourne, and Design Museum in Helsinki.

Publications

Merijn and his work have been featured in numerous magazines, and publications worldwide including IdN, Vice Magazine, Computer Arts, Frame, Dazed & Confused, Root, Beautiful/Decay, Code, and DPI.