online fest #2 blend | ARTIST TALK

Brooklyn-based British artist Jon Burgerman encourages mistakes, experiments and improvisation within his practice to allow for new, fun ways of making. His mission is to inspire creativity in others and to never know exactly what he will create next. Jon Burgerman is an artist who likes to instigate improvisation and play through drawing and spectacle. We are delighted he is going to join us for our online edition of Blend!

Jon doesn’t need a canvas; mister Doodle draws on anything and everywhere, with remarkable speed. His monster-like characters are wonky, wibbly, odd, angry, happy, dumb and wrong. But all of them seem to come from the same place and all live in the same world: some are friends, others have never met, but they all breathe the same air and often snore in their sleep. A sense of British self-deprecation, dry humour and modern-day anxiety imbues his work along with an enthusiasm for salad.

Burgerman draws from a wide-range of sources, taking inspiration from cartoons, traditional animation, character design, pop-art, electronic music and abstract expressionism. Bouncing across different media, Burgerman’s instantly recognisable aesthetic often combines his signature elements of exaggerated expressions, vivid colour, gestural mark making and cartoony googly eyes.

He regularly exhibits and talks about creativity all over the world and across social media, where he has a dedicated following. His artworks are held in the collections of several institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He has been commissioned by brands that include Apple, Samsung, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Huawei, Nike, Puma, The New York Times, Coke and MTV.
Since 2017 Burgerman has also become a prolific author, having several picture books published alongside a collection of creativity books (including It’s Great To Create published by Chronicle Books). In 2019 Burgerman opened his first museum show in Asia, entitled ‘Fun Factory’, a huge immersive, interactive exhibition at M Contemporary Museum, Seoul, South Korea.
It’s Burgerman’s belief that through creative acts, art can allow for people to imagine new futures and in turn become a catalysis for changing the world.