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Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books

Aug. 1 – Oct 25, 2020 - Mr. and Mrs. Chesley G. Magruder Gallery II

"We Call it Earth," sketch from the book, "Here We Are"

"We Call it Earth," sketch from the book, "Here We Are"

Oliver Jeffers

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"The Great Paper Caper." Cover from the Book, "The Great Paper Caper"

Oliver Jeffers

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"The Day the Crayons Quit Cover Art," Cover art for the book, "The Day the Crayons Quit Cover Art."

Oliver Jeffers

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"You are a person and this is your body," from the book, "Here We Are."

Oliver Jeffers

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"World of Stories, Child of Books"

Oliver Jeffers

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ON VIEW THROUGH OCTOBER 25th.
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Born in Australia and raised in Northern Ireland, Oliver Jeffers is an award-winning artist, illustrator, and writer. From figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture-book making, Jeffers’s work takes many forms. His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in prestigious institutions all over the world.Jeffers has sold more than 10 million picture books - including "Here We Are," "The Incredible Book Eating Boy," "This Moose Belongs to Me," and "Once Upon an Alphabet." His wildly popular book, "The Day The Crayons Quit," and its sequel, "The Day The Crayons Came Home," were both #1 NY Times bestsellers.

Jeffers' books have been translated into over 30 languages. Working in collaboration with Studio AKA, his second book, Lost and Found, was developed into an animated short film that has received over sixty awards, including a BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film. Picture book awards include The Ragazzi Award for Fiction, The New York Times Best Illustrated Books, Smarties Award, Irish Book of the Year, The Red House Book Award, British Book Design Award, and The Blue Peter Book of the Year. Jeffers won a NY Emmy in 2010 for his collaborative work with artist and director, Mac Premo. In 2013, he co-directed the video for Ordinary Love by U2, and more recently created and helped direct art for U2’s Innocence and Experience World Tour. Jeffers now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, son, and daughter.

“A lot of my art has been about duality and looking at things from two perspectives. I had a wonderful upbringing in Belfast. Yes, I saw some terrible things. Yes, I learned that people have an awful tendency to be mean to each other and inflict violence, but I also saw the capacity for love. I think I learned the importance of tolerance at an early age.” - Oliver Jeffers

"Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books" features more than 70 original works chronicling Jeffers’s development and success as a children’s artist for the past decade and a half. This unique exhibit, organized by the National Center for Children's Literature, features pieces from the formation of The Boy and Hueys characters, and from his books: "The Day the Crayons Quit," "The Day the Crayons Came Home," "This Moose Belongs To Me," "The Incredible Book Eating Boy," "The Heart and the Bottle," "The Great Paper Caper," and "Once Upon an Alphabet" among others.

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