Zen zonder meester by Frenk Meeuwsen
Zen Zonder Meester

Frenk Meeuwsen is a Dutch painter and visualizer from Amsterdam. He works for commercial clients through the Roughmen agency, and didn't make his actual debut as a comics artist until 2017 with the spiritual graphic novel 'Zen Zonder Meester'.

Born in 1965, Meeuwsen joined Evert Geradts, Ben Jansen, Hanco Kolk, René Meulenbroek and Aloys Oosterwijk in their Studio Arnhem as an apprentice at age 19. During this period, he illustrated one short story, 'De Pavlov Reflex' by René Meulenbroek, which was published in the amateur comics magazine Coyote in 1986. It also appeared in the 2017 memorial book 'Terug naar Studio Arnhem'. Meeuwsen chronicled his time at the studio in a short comic story for the Studio Arnhem issue of comics information magazine Stripnieuws in August 2016.

De Pavlov Reflex by Frenk Meeuwsen
De Pavlov Reflex

Meeuwsen didn't further pursue his career in comics, but instead picked up painting and illustrating. He later completed his artistic education at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (1991-1995) and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (1996-1997) in Amsterdam. He is also a practitioner of Eastern martial arts and has a black belt in karate.


1 Jaar Studio Arnhem (Stripnieuws #64, 2016)

His fascination for the philosophical thinking of the Far East led him to Japan in the mid 1990s, where he lived in the temple city of Kyoto. He has since exhibited his paintings in his home country and abroad. Meeuwsen furthermore works for commercial clients as a visualizer and storyboard artist through the Amsterdam-based Roughmen agency.


What is the sound of one clapping hand? (From: Zen Zonder Meester)

He returned to the comics medium in the 2010s, when he started to chronicle his search for spirituality, truth, himself and the essence of Japan in short comic stories. Most stories take place in Japan, but the author also regularly revisits his youth in the Netherlands, with his father as his first guru. He applies a black-and-white drawing style strongly inspired by French artist David B. To Meeuwsen, "a drawing is like a Zen garden: wavy lines on snow-white paper." The 55 semi-autobiographical chapters are collected in the graphic novel 'Zen Zonder Meester', which is published by Sherpa in November 2017, and simultanuously in Germany at Avant Verlag as 'Zen ohne Meister'.


'Zen Zonder Meester' is presented in Amsterdam-based comics shop Lambiek on 17 November 2017

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