The Work of Jon Burgerman
British-born, Brooklyn-based artist Jon Burgerman, often referred to as the “Doodle King,” recently sent us some sketches of his latest illustrations. More than a decade ago, in a brief moment of dismissiveness, the artist referred to his work as ‘doodles.’
British-born, Brooklyn-based artist Jon Burgerman, often referred to as the “Doodle King,” recently sent us some sketches of his latest illustrations. More than a decade ago, in a brief moment of dismissiveness, the artist referred to his work as ‘doodles.’ While he didn’t anticipate it, the reference has stuck. Still at a loss for a definitive style description, Burgerman considers his work the visual representation of the space between his visions and thoughts. To him, ‘doodle’ describes the process and philosophy of his work rather than the aesthetic. A doodle can be anything - something honed, polished, finessed and refined. It can come in the form of a drawing, painting, sculpture, sound and action. Burgerman also believes inspiration and innovations are just fancier cousins of the word mistake. According to the artist, only once you let go and screw up can you see something you couldn’t have imagined.
While he is known for his ‘doodles,’ Jon Burgerman’s work spans many mediums. He currently is working on an animated TV show and a few books. He’s made new pieces that use social media, such as Instagram, as the medium and experiments with digital projections, wood panels, play-doh and cork. He’s also been experimenting with Winsor & Newton’s new, blend-able Pigment Markers (some featured in the art above), which offer an unlimited range of colour and have allowed his imagination to run wild.
When not in the studio, Burgerman hosts workshops and events, and shares his creative passion with others. He currently lives in Brooklyn and often can be found waiting for the G train. More conveniently, you can find him online at www.JonBurgerman.com or on Instagram.
Jon Burgerman’s Pigment Marker sketches will be exhibited in an upcoming show at the Society of Illustrators in New York City on October 13, 2015 and then be part of a touring exhibition showing at ICA in London and in Paris 2016.