Artist Jon Burgerman would rather choose graft over craft; ideas over skills; and he doesn’t subscribe to the notion of good or bad. In this talk, Jon shares his work in doodling, how it evolved over time, and why joy is at the heart of his work.
About the speaker
Jon Burgerman is a UK born, NYC based artist instigating improvisation and play through drawing and spectacle. He is a purveyor of doodles and is often credited and referenced as the leading figure in the popular ‘Doodle’ art style.
His work is placed between fine art, urban art and pop-culture, using humour to reference and question his contemporary milieu. His is a pervasive and instantly recognisable aesthetic that exists across a multitude of forms including canvases, large scale murals (indoor and outside), sculpture, toys, apparel, design, print and people (as tattoos and temporary drawings).
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I like to say that I haven't sold my soul, I merely licensed it. — Jon Burgerman
Allow your imagination to be a raw material. — Jon Burgerman
Why is it great to create? Because it's enjoyable. It's fun making stuff—you start with nothing and end up with something else. Being creative opens up new ideas, exercises our brain, and makes us feel good. — Jon Burgerman
You can see stuff that you see everyday, use your brain to sort of bend the world around you and make it something else. — Jon Burgerman
A doodle is a quick, fun idea. — Jon Burgerman