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His work is placed between fine art, urban art and pop-culture, using humour to reference and question his contemporary milieu.
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).
In 2008 his 300 page monograph entitled 'Pens Are My Friends' was published by IdN, collating the first 7 years of his professional career. In the same year Jon appeared on the seminal BBC TV show Blue Peter to create a mural 'doodle' live on set. He has received a Cannes Lions Advertising award, two D&AD Silver award nominations and has collaborated with brands that include: Apple, Instagram, Snapchat, Samsung, Pepsi, CocaCola, Nike, Disney, Sesame Workshop, BBC, Puma, Levis and Rip Curl. He also designed a special sick bag for Virgin Atlantic flights. This along with many exhibitions and events around the world (including the Southbank Centre London, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Neurotitan Berlin, 798 District Beijing, Madre Museum, Naples, M Contemporary Museum, Seoul) and a series of collectable vinyl toys, (including 'The Heroes of Burgertown', produced by Kidrobot), helped introduce Burgerman's work into the public consciousness.
Photo by Eric Ryan Anderson
Following the publication of his monograph Jon felt it was time, in late 2010, for the second phase of his career. He decided to give away most of his belongings and relocate from the middle of England to New York. The emphasis of the move was to develop his artistic practice and to challenge himself to make new works in a direct way unbound by media, familiar stylistic tropes or the idea of perfectionism. He wanted to create a world of work that would encourage others to participate in and feel creatively empowered by.
Performance, intervention and actively engaging, often directly, with an audience has been prominent within the evolution of his practice. Burgerman created a pop-art band entitled Anxieteam, having never been in a band before. The band, during their 4 year duration, signed an independent record deal, released an album and singles, performed in America and across Europe, had a song featured on a Rolling Stone Magazine cover CD, and were played on the radio, including prime time BBC Radio 1.
He wanted to create a world of work that would encourage others to participate in and feel creatively empowered by.
In 2013 Jon co-produced and provided the artwork for the award winning documentary film The Great Hip Hop Hoax (dir. Jeanie Finlay), which premiered at SXSW film festival, Austin, Texas. He has also appeared speaking about his work in the documentaries Off The Record, 2015 (dir. Laura Sans) and Made You Look, 2015 (dir. Anthony Peters). During 2015 Jon had a large scale exhibition 'Burgerworld' tour cities across South Korea. In October that year Jon exhibited artwork in the White House in Washington D.C, USA - the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. He later received a personal thank you letter from Vice President Joe Biden.
2016 saw the release of 'Burgerworld - A Colouring book' published by Laurence King. A follow up book, 'Jon Burgerman's Daily Doodle' was published in 2017, along with Jon's first picture books, published by Oxford University Press and Penguin. The creativity book 'It's Great To Create' by Chronicle Books was also released in 2017.
Burgerman's work has been written about and featured in press that includes; Al Jezerra America, BBC, The New York Times, The Guardian newspaper, Coolhunting, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily, Flavourwire, Gothamist, Metro UK, Trendhunter, Yahoo.com, Dazed and Confused, Be Street magazine, The Financial Times, Wooster Collective, Vandalog, Reedit, Bored Panda, Art-Magazin, Juxtapoz, Hypebeast, AI-AP, Eye, Creative Review, Design Week, Edge, The Star Malaysia, JoongAng Daily newspaper (Korea), Slam Hype, Milk, Format magazine.
Burgerman regularly performs at events, conferences and universities around the world, (including AIGA, FITC, OFFF Festival, , Nuart Norway, NYU, FIT New York, Red Dot Design Museum Singapore, OFFSET, TYPO Berlin) delivering keynote lectures and running creative workshops. His works include a focus on what he calls 'quiet interventions', where subtle, often cheap, nonpermanent actions drastically (and sometimes comically) alter the reading of a signifier, object or situation.
It is Burgerman's belief that through these playful, creative acts, Art can act as an agent to change the world, by being the catalysis to allow people to change their worlds.
Burgerman mainly exists in New York and online.