Author

Frenk Meeuwsen

Frenk Meeuwsen (b. 1965) studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the National Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam. His paintings have been exhibited in the Netherlands and internationally. He works as a visualiser in the advertising world. His first graphic novel, Zen zonder meester (Zen Without a Master, 2017) appeared in several different languages.
He is also a practitioner of martial arts and has a black belt in karate. His fascination with the philosophical thinking of the Far East took him to Japan in the mid-1990s, where he lived in the temple city of Kyoto.

Zen Without a Master

Zen Without a Master

(Sherpa / Mat Schifferstein, 2017, 280 pages)

For Frenk Meeuwsen, a drawing is like a Zen garden: wavy lines on snow-white paper. In those lines, he searches for the essence of Japan, for truth, and for himself. His book Zen Without a Master is visual philosophy.

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Year Zero

Year Zero

(Sherpa / Mat Schifferstein, 2020, 237 pages)

It isn’t just as a parent that Frenk Meeuwsen is a late bloomer – he only made his debut as a cartoonist three years ago with Zen Without a Master, a graphic novel filled with Eastern philosophy and spirituality that was also semi-autobiographical. With Year Zero, a beautifully drawn, compellingly told story that took him several years to make, Meeuwsen proves that he’s here to stay in the cartooning world.

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