Maurice Vellekoop was born in 1964 in suburban Toronto. His mother created bullet-proof hairdos for the local ladies in her salon in the family’s basement. His father was an avid art lover who blasted the neighbourhood with his opera records on Saturday afternoons. A true child of the TV age, Maurice grew up on a steady diet of supernatural sitcoms,variety shows, Japanese monster movies and Ross Hunter melodramas. Inspired by his sister Ingrid he became interested in commercial art from an early age, eventually attending the Ontario College of Art from 1982 to 1986. He joined Reactor Art and Design soon after graduating and has been illustrating for major magazines, book publishers and ad agencies ever since.
Maurice is the author/illustrator of 5 books of his own work with Koyama Press, Drawn and Quarterly, and Green Candy Press. His work has been shown numerous times at the Reactor Gallery in Toronto, the Mayor gallery in London and in a traveling group show called “New Pop” that stopped at the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice.
Editorial clients include The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Glamour, Wallpaper, Out, Entertainment Weekly, Mother Jones, Saturday Night, Cosmetics and Fashion. Advertising clients range from Spotco, LVMH, Abercrombie and Fitch, Smart Car and Pink Triangle Press to, most recently, Murale, a brand new chain of cosmetics Stores. Maurice’s book publishing clients include Running Press, Harper Collins and Universe/Rizzoli. His work has appeared in American Illustration and was included in “Stylishly Drawn” by Laird Borrelli, a book on contemporary fashion Illustration published by Harry N. Abrams.
Maurice currently lives on idyllic Toronto Island with his lover, writer Gordon Bowness.
Maurice Vellekoop is the official Poster Artist of the TCAF 10th Anniversary Poster, reproduced below.