Oliver Jeffers is funny; and that’s an understatement. The artist’s work has an immediate recognizability to it, with illustrations that live somewhere between tongue-in-cheek and incredibly charming. With an amalgamation of work, ranging from best-selling picture books, including The Incredible Book Eating Boy and The Day Crayons Quit, to various paintings that have been exhibited in the likes of the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Brooklyn Museum, Jeffers’ work caters to multiple audiences, all while retaining a characteristic playfulness. The Belfast-bred, Brooklyn-based artist gave us an illustrated insight into his colorful brain, which features humor and lots of thoughts about seagulls.
NJ: What is the first thing you think about when you wake up?
NJ: If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
NJ: What is your most prized possession?
NJ: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be and what would you be doing?
NJ: What is your biggest fear?
NJ: If you were a superhero what would your power be?
NJ: What is your favorite hobby?
Artwork: Oliver Jeffers for NeueJournal
Portrait Photography: Tyler Nevitt for NeueJournal