Title: MLK Love
Original Medium: digital illustration
Year Created: 2017
About the print:
digital print on archival paper
13″x19″ paper size
edition of 250
embossed by Heliotrope Foundation.
Description of the Piece: This piece was created in honor of Martin Luther King on MLK Day. It hopes to emphasize King's legacy and words which hold power now, more than ever, "I have decided to stick with love, hate is too great a burden to bear"
Artist Bio/Statement: Oliver Jeffers is a visual artist and author working in painting, bookmaking, illustration, collage, performance, and sculpture. Curiosity and humor are underlying themes throughout Oliver's practice as an artist and storyteller. While investigating the ways the human mind understands its world, his work also functions as comic relief in the face of futility. Jeffers’ engagements and practice are truly international in scope. His critically acclaimed picture books have been translated into over forty-five languages and sold over 12 million copies worldwide. His original artwork has been exhibited at such institutions as the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Palais Auersperg in Vienna. Jeffers has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award, Bologna Rigazzi Award, An Irish Book Award, and a United Kingdom Literary Association Award. His eighteenth book as author and illustrator will release in October 2020, and he has illustrated several others. Oliver grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland; he currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.