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Jon Burgerman is a purveyor of doodles. He is often credited and referenced as the leading figure in the popular 'Doodle' art style.
His work oscillates somewhere between fine art, urban art and pop-culture, using dry 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).
Burgerman studied Fine Art at The Nottingham Trent University, graduating in 2001 with First Class Honours. 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. This along with many international brand collaborations (including Nike, New Era, Sony, Puma, Pepsi, Levis, MTV), 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) and a series of collectable vinyl toys, (including 'The Heroes of Burgertown', produced by Kidrobot), helped introduce Burgermans work into the public consciousness.
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 practise 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 practise. Burgerman created a pop-art band entitled Anxieteam, having never been in a band or wrote music or lyrics before. The band, during their 4 year duration, signed an independent record deal, released an album and singles, performed in America, across the UK, Germany and Italy, and were played on, amongst other stations, prime time BBC Radio 1.
Burgerman now regularly performs at events, conferences and universities around the world, (including FITC, OFFF Festival, SVA School of Visual Arts, Nuart Norway, FIT New York, Red Dot Design Museum Singapore) 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's 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.