Maurice Vellekoop

27 February to 30 May 2015

Thursday 26th February

Curator Bren O’Callaghan.

Cockadoodle: Warm, stylish, smutty comics & drawings. From trans* to time travel, beefcake to queer autobio.

Cockadoodle: The Erogenous Art of Maurice Vellekoop is a flamboyant new exhibition that uncorks the Canadian artist’s contribution to illustration, underground comics and contemporary erotica. It will be Maurice Vellekoop’s first London solo exhibition with a wide selection of his erotic output on show alongside other work.

This is the opening exhibition of 2015 at Space Station Sixty-Five (SS65), and as long time readers and admirers of Maurice Vellekoop’s work, SS65’s directors are particularly happy to be exhibiting his joyful drawings. We hope that you will be as charmed by them as we are.

Read the full Press Release here

And browse Maurice's
blog here

You can read the interview between Maurice Vellekoop and Paul Gravett on Paul's website

*** Listen to the Panel Borders interview 'Vellevision' between Maurice and Alex Fitch on resonance FM here ***

"The emergence of Maurice Vellekoop's work was remarkable for being a full-scale assault on comics. From quiet and introspective veiled autobiography run off on a photocopier, to fun and fantastic pornography published in the hallowed halls of Drawn & Quarterly, to full-on comics reportage in the pages of American Vogue, Maurice Vellekoop’s decidedly queer artwork was everywhere, and the medium was better for it. Vellekoop continues his fun, poignant, sharp and sexy style today with always-amazing results, and remains one of my favourite comics creators."
- Christopher Butcher, Festival Director, Toronto Comic Arts Festival

"Vellekoop brings something irresistibly fresh to gay erotica, a wit and whimsy to match his superlative craft as an illustrator. Only he can make an elf sexy…or a middle-aged dandy or a pimply-bummed nerd. Only he draws upon sources and inspirations as varied as the Richard Strauss opera Salome, TV’s “Star Trek” and Florentine painter Sandro Botticelli. The frothing mix of humor, intelligence and skill is intoxicating - like sex."

- Gordon Bowness, introduction to Maurice Vellekoop's Pin-Ups

“The day I met artist Maurice Vellekoop was also the first time I’d ever been naked in public… an unrelated, but serendipitous experience. Vellekoop’s brush tips plant the seeds of a vibrant, luscious wonderland that recreate a pre-fall state, before the crunch of sour apple introduced the bitter taint of shame. His work is essential de-programming, like that for cult escapees, for anyone who wishes to entertain the subversive idea that fantasy and desire might actually be a joyful and life-enhancing salve, not an impulse to be starved or stifled”
- Bren O’Callaghan, Curator, Cockadoodle: The Erogenous Art of Maurice Vellekoop