Oliver Jeffers (b. 1977, Australia) is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He works with a range of media including painting, typography, collage, installation and cartography. Humour and curiosity are underlying themes throughout Oliver’s practice. While he does seriously explore the ways in which the human mind understands its world, the execution of his work often involves some sort of comic relief. Discussions with a quantum physicist have inspired Oliver to include many references to science.
Oliver contrasts a traditional artistic depiction of the ocean with formal scientific measurements. In this way he examines the often sisyphean quest for self-improvement in its many forms, pondering both the arrogance of man and the temptation to be brutally ignorant. While his art dwells on thoroughly grown-up issues, Jeffers is noted for his hugely acclaimed children’s picture books, including the July 2013 New York Times number one bestseller The Day the Crayons Quit. Winning the 2011 Victoria and Albert Museum Book Illustration Award. His lauded 2009 animation Lost and Found won a BAFTA and he’s received an Emmy for his film work promoting Brooklyn festival Artwalk. His work has been exhibited in The National Portrait Gallery in London, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, and The Gestalten Space, Berlin.