Hundreds of illustrations tell a plethora of stories at this retrospective exhibition
Oliver Jeffers has solidified himself as an unstoppable artist in the publishing world, with several accolades and awards under his belt. Famous for his quirky illustrations that compliment his creative storybooks, Jeffers has reached such heights that he’s being acknowledged in exhibition form, now on display at the High Museum of Art.
Born in Australia and raised in Northern Ireland, Jeffers has been working in painting, bookmaking, illustration, collage, performance, and sculpture. From his 2004 debut How to Catch a Star to his more recent titles such as 2017’s Here We Are, his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and sold more than fourteen million copies worldwide.
Entitled Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books, this exhibition showcases nearly one hundred artworks, some never seen, including original line drawings, sketches, and finished illustrations, from sixteen of Jeffers’s picture books, including the wildly popular The Day the Crayons Quit and its sequel, The Day the Crayons Came Home; Here We Are; The Incredible Book Eating Boy; and Once Upon an Alphabet.
The exhibition is organized into six sections, focused on Jeffers’s artistic process, character development, and storytelling. It also highlights some of Jeffers’s most popular book series, including those that explore the secret lives of crayons and the relationship dynamics of the Huey family, who are inspired by Jeffers’s childhood.
In addition to the engaging graphics and design elements, the galleries will feature a few reading areas where families can dig deeper into the stories, and gain greater insight on this special artist and his untouchable imagination.
This enchanting exhibition will be on display until August 7, 2022. General admission to the High Museum of Art is $16.50. However, to find out how you can access one of the South’s leading art galleries for free, click here.