Jon Burgerman’s practice focuses on creative play as a means of communication. He works intuitively, with shape, colour and expression, as if trying to solve a puzzle with no obvious solution. Eventually everything falls into place and fits in ways that are not always completely obvious to the artist himself but that, over time, give him an understanding of himself, his thoughts and his feelings. To make himself laugh and distract himself from outside pressures, his creations are amusing – especially those produced in lockdown in 2020.
For Burgerman, art is an escape, not only from the outside world but also from his inner anxieties. The bright colours offer an alternative space for his inner existence, while his strange and playful characters offer both company and an opportunity to reflect.
"I create a lot of characters in my work. They are a reflection of not just myself but who I see in the world around me.
I often think of my paintings as a space for the viewer to see themselves in."
Jon Burgerman has been a practicing artist for over 20 years. His instantly recognisable art has been exhibited all over the world from DIY exhibition spaces to museums to even the White House. His works are held in the permanent collections of institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
He creates work in a wide variety of media from ink, spray-paint, digital and animation. Online his gifs have been viewed over 8.5bn times and he has a dedicated following across social media. He has collaborated with brands including Apple, Samsung, Pepsi, Lotte, Snapchat, Instagram and Nike. He’s made vinyl collectable toys, picture books, apparel, fabric collections, inflatables, home-ware, sportswear, underwear and many other things, including NFTs. Burgerman has had five sell-out collections on Nifty Gateway since April 2020 and continues to be a rising star in the burgeoning scene.
Expressing creativity and having fun is key to Burgerman’s practice. It's his belief that simple creative acts can allow people to change not only their world but the world around them.
"Faces 9 " 2021. Spray Paint on Canvas. 68 x 52 in