Episode 11

Jon Burgerman on being an introvert, the joy of googly eyes and why humour keeps him sane in New York

Creative Boom Podcast Episode #11 - Jon Burgerman on being an introvert, the joy of googly eyes and why humour keeps him sane in New York

New York-based, British artist Jon Burgerman is one of the leading figures in the doodle art movement.

Originally from Birmingham, he graduated in fine art from Nottingham Trent University back in 2001. After many years of doodling and hard graft (including an appearance on Blue Peter in 2008), a monograph was published of Jon's work, Pens Are My Friends. During the same year, Kidrobot released a 14 piece mini-figure vinyl toy collection, The Heroes of Burgertown.

Examples of Jon's work are in the public collections of the V&A and Science Museum. His first book, SPLAT!, was released in 2017 followed by It's Great to Create, Rhyme Crime, Daily Doodle, and a colouring book, Burgerworld. Just recently, he's launched Everybody Has a Body, a book on body positivity.

On a cold February day in New York City, I went along to Jon's Greenpoint studio to hear more about his trademark googly eyes and happy creatures, those funny Instagram stories and doodles, plus what it's been like to live and work in the Big Apple for the last decade.

Photography by Bas Berkhout

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