Talks at TYPO Berlin 2017

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Oliver Jeffers

Artist, Illustrator (New York)

Oliver Jeffers makes art. From figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture-book making, Oliver Jeffers’ work takes many forms. His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in multiple cities, including Lazarides Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Brooklyn Museum and Spring Break Fair (Armory Week) in New York, and Gestalten Space in Berlin.

Oliver’s picture books — including The Incredible Book Eating Boy,  This Moose Belongs to Me, The Day Crayons Quit  and its sequel The Day The Crayons Came Home ( both #1 NYTimes Bestsellers)  and Once Upon an Alphabet — have been translated into over 30 languages. Working in collaboration with Studio AKA, Oliver’s second book Lost and Found was developed into an animated short film that has received over sixty awards, including a BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film.

Picture book awards include the The New York Times Best Illustrated Books, Smarties Award, Irish Book of the Year, The Red House Book Award, British Book Design Award, and The Blue Peter Book of the Year. Oliver won a NY Emmy in 2010 for his collaborative work with the artist and director Mac Premo. In 2013 Oliver co-directed with Mac Premo the video for Ordinary Love by U2, and more recently made art for, and helped art direct, U2’s Innocence and Experience World Tour.

Photo: Malcom Brown

The working mind and drawing hand of Oliver Jeffers

The core elements of Oliver Jeffers’ work are the fierce desire to ask questions and the impulse to tell stories about his observations — stories not only about the world as he sees it now, but also about remembered snippets from his experiences as a child. For this talk, Oliver will guide people through a brief history of how various projects have come to be, and how his fine art practice and his publishing work often cross-reference and influence one another.

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