Hell’O’s Bizarre, Absorbing World of Monsters

by Andy SmithPosted on

Hell’O, also known as Hell’O Monsters, is a collective of Belgian artists who use individual talents to create work within a cohesive, bizarre fictional world. The trio was born out of Jerôme Meynen, François Dieltiens, and Antoine Detaille meeting in the 1990s, and they populate their works with hybrid beasts taking part in both humorous and bleak narrative scenes. The works shown below are examples of the group’s acrylic paintings.

The controlled chaos of each piece can be both absorbing and repelling, at times. But that’s the idea here. The group describes its own aesthetic like this: “The creative approach is characterised by an extremely conventional freedom paired with meticulous execution. Their universe is inhabited by a surrealistic bestiary of mysterious animals, hybrid characters, architecture, and badass geometry.”

They cite anything from Medieval folklore and other mythology to techno music and 17th-century engraving. The first item comes through in some of the fates depicted for the group’s monsters.

The group has been a part of solo and collective shows across the globe, including the U.S. venues Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York City and Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles. The group’s also created murals in Brussels, Atlanta, Ga., and other cities in France and Italy with its signature style.

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