Artist Oliver Jeffers talks on the topic of Surreal, his new book, why he became more political in his art, and why we need to take care of this world.
About the speaker
Oliver Jeffers is a visual artist and author working in painting, bookmaking, illustration, collage, performance and sculpture. Curiosity and humor are underlying themes throughout Oliver’s practice as an artist and storyteller. While investigating the ways the human mind understands its world, his work also functions as comic relief in the face of futility. Jeffers’ engagements and practice are truly international in scope. His critically acclaimed picture books have been translated into over forty languages, and sold over 10 million copies worldwide. His original artwork has been exhibited at such institutions as the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Palais Auersperg in Vienna. Jeffers has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award, Bologna Rigazzi Award, An Irish Book Award, and a United Kingdom Literary Association Award. He has just released his sixteenth book as author and illustrator in November 2017, and has illustrated several others. Oliver grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland; he currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
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Greed is a survival mechanism that has served us well as a species but it’s a survival mechanism that doesn’t seem to have an off switch. — Oliver Jeffers
We’re all kind of greedy. — Oliver Jeffers
It’s funny how we teach our kids to share when we as adults tend to often not do that very much. — Oliver Jeffers
Memory is a very malleable, self-serving, kind of imperfect thing. — Oliver Jeffers