Last week I visited the Ever Meulen exhibition again, this time with my mom (who got me hooked on Meulen in the first place). And this time I took some pictures. They’re not that good, as I used a cameraphone and all artwork was behind quite reflective glass. So you’ll see me lurking here and there. We started off, by the way, with a quite nice self-portrait à la Française from 1999.
This is the original art for the illustrations that Ever made for the literary supplement to Dutch weekly Vrij Nederland. What struck me about this one, was the fact that he had drawn the illustrations as if they were a comic – all squares were on one single piece of board, beautifully colored, ready for reproduction. Exquisite stuff.
One of the longer running features in Humo Magazine, Jonge Leeuwen (Young Lions), typically features young people who have made the news or are about to. Ever designed the feature head for these articles, quite fittingly, in collaboration with his son Sander, an illustrator in his own right.
In the centre of the exhibition space, a small room had been built, completely devoted to Ever’s favorite color, a kind of blueish green. He avidly collects objects that feature the color, and uses it quite regularly in his own designs.
Being a Belgian, and being quite heavily influenced by Hergé’s ligne claire, ever often includes references to Tintin in his illustrations, such as these two.
Ever is most famous, in Belgium at least, for the covers he created for Humo Magazine. This one is from 1983, and refers to an article about how the economic crisis of the early 80’s could be overcome.
Finally, an example of one of the other mainstays in Ever’s oeuvre : books and reading. Over the years, he has illustrated countless books, literary supplements and special editions. Such as this one.