Hans Meertens

After attending the Faculty of Art at the York St John University, the Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven and the Faculty of Art at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, Hans Meertens graduated from the Utrecht School of the Arts in 2000. In that same year he was nominated for the Piet Bakker Prize; an incentive prize for young Utrecht School of the Arts graduates with outstanding talent. In the following years Meertens' artworks were exhibited in a variety of artist-run spaces and galleries. Giulio Cesare & Co Gallery in ’s-Hertogenbosch (NL) presented Meertens' first solo exhibition “Solo Inferno” in 2004, soon followed by a second solo exhibition in 2005, titled “Invocatio!”.

Since then, Meertens' artworks were on view randomly at places such as Caelum Gallery, New York (2006), the Museum of Gorcum (2006 & 2010), Gallery Clifford, Odense and Daugård, Denmark (2007-2010) and Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery in New York (2006 -2010). An important part of his work is included in the collections of enthusiastic collectors around the world and Meertens has been commissioned by major companies such as Porsche, Nedap, Studio Kluif, Metro and Ajax Amsterdam/the Johan Cruyff Foundation.

From late 2007 until early 2008 an overview of Meertens' paintings and drawings were exhibited at Gallery Clifford, Odense, during his solo exhibition “Counterphobia”. Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery presented Meertens' first solo exhibition in New York in April/May 2008. This exhibition -entitled “Remote Control”- featured both retrospective and new works. (To open the Monkdogz press release click here, for pictures of the opening reception by photographer Sam Chadwick click here). In the Winter of 2008, Gallery Clifford in Daugård presented “Sweet Fever”; Meertens' fifth solo exhibition and his second in Denmark. The first comprehensive catalogue of Meertens' art was presented in Gallery Clifford on October 9, 2009. The book "Sweet Fever – The Art of Hans Meertens" contains over 150 images and nine reflections on Meertens’ art by several authors from different countries.

From 2001 until summer 2007, before devoting himself completely to his art, Meertens combined his work as an autonomous artist with a teaching profession in Art and Cultural Social Studies at secundary school Het Nicolaaslyceum in Amsterdam. As a singer/songwriter (File Under Shane) Meertens independently released two critically acclaimed cd's; Soul On Fire (2006) and Trenches (2005).

Portrait of Hans Meertens