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Melcher Oosterman (1998) is an illustrator based in the north of the Netherlands. His work consists of an eclectic mix of colourful, vibrant and detailed worlds inhabited by lively characters. Ever channeling his fascination for the awkward and absurd, he likes to tell stories and celebrate the imagination. He navigates between editorial and commercial work whilst always on the lookout for new and exciting possibilities.

Whenever Melcher is not drawing or talking or thinking about drawing, you can find him going on walks, hanging out with his cat or looking for jazz records.

Melcher graduated from Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam with a BA in Illustration in 2021.

Clients include: Adidas, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Times, The Baffler, De Volkskrant, Vice, Berliner Zeitung, De Correspondent, NRC, Illustratie Biennale, Groot Handelsgebouw, Volkshotel and more.

Represented by IllustrationZone
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Exhibtions and art related events

2024: Cat Art how - Wallis Annenberg Pet Space, Los Angeles (USA)

2023: Live portrait drawing during Wobby Wonderland - Hall of Fame, Tilburg (NL)

2023: Live portrait drawing during Illustratie Biennale - De Schuur, Haarlem (NL)

2023: Off Grid II (groupshow) - Galerie KUIS-WEG68, Haarlem (NL)

2023: Talk on illustration and social media (Voorbij het Zwarte Gat), Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam (NL)
2022: Live portrait drawing (12,5 years Hard//Hoofd) - Het HEM, Zaandam (NL)
2022: Powers in Numbers 7 (groupshow)- Nucleus, Portland (USA)
2022: Offline Exhibition (groupshow) - Tinimini Room, Dordrecht (NL)
2022: Nostalgia (groupshow) - Hasbrook Galleries, Beverly Hills (USA)
2021: Illustratie Biennale (groupshow) - Galerie KUIS-WEG68, Haarlem (NL)
2021: Raam Maar window exhibition and zine release - Raam Maar, Rotterdam (NL)
2020: Decade, an exhibition by Cult (groupshow) - MONO, Rotterdam (NL)
2019: Soloshow - Cinetol, Amsterdam (NL)
2019: Shake Bristol - Rough Trade, Bristol (UK)
2018: Soloshow - Sugar Factory, Amsterdam (NL)
2017: Art Sale #2 - Margootje Vintage, Rotterdam (NL)
2016: Art Sale - Margootje Vintage, Rottedam (NL)

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