Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Interview with Jon Burgerman Part 2

(Above: a print made for Kid Robot by Jon Burgerman)

Here is the second and final part of the interview with successful cartoonist/illustrator Jon Burgerman.

Above: Flyer for the Galerie Revolver, Dusseldorf by Jim Avignon

What other illustrators and artists' work do you admire?
erm there's a list on my site and it goes something like this:
Javier Mariscal, Jim Avignon, Yoshitomo Nara, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Barry McGee, Mike Mills, Phil Frost, Keith Haring, Kurt Schwitters, Chris Ware, Cy Twombly, Picasso, Geoff Mcfetridge, Paul Davis, Devilrobots, Gary Taxali, Mari-chan, Aki, Adam Neate, Alex One, David Shrigley, Martin Creed, Kris Martin, Keith Tyson, Dave The Chimp, Josie Long, Larry David, Sarah Silverman… I’ll add more as I can think of them..

Above: U-ki-yo-e, by Yoshitomo Nara

Above: Untitled, 1986 by Keith Haring

Above: "Bad Haircut/Stupid Haircut" by Gary Taxali
You're based in Nottingham, did you ever feel the need to move to London for example, where there are more opportunities for work, or do you feel Nottingham is a good creative place to work in?

Nottingham is fine, people should set their sights beyond London, there's a whole wide world to exploit, I mean explore.
Yes there are much more opportunities in London, that will always be the case but you can still apply for those opportunities whilst not living in London.

The trains to London on the whole are pretty good. If they just put Wi-fi on there and cleaned up the carriages a little it'd be even better. The just under 2 hour trip down is nothing really and often a good time to read or catch up on things.

I did think about moving years ago but then I started to get work from all over the place and saw it wasn't necessary. Hard work and good work etc can do the traveling for you!

What projects are you currently working on?

I've got two exhibitions in New York coming up. One opens on the 12th of February at Factory Fresh in Brooklyn and the other is a residency at the Scoop Art Fare, which i think kicks off on the 1st of March.

When I get back to Nottingham I hope to eat at Desi Downtown and then go to sleep for a week.

- Thank you Jon! You can see more of Jon Burgerman on his website or Flickr.

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