05/29/2015

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Step into the world of Jeremyville, and you’ll find yourself transported into a world of furry friends, unicorns, and commercial cartoons doing un-commercial things (like Darth Vader and R2-D2 in a tight embrace).

 

Step into the world of Jeremyville, and you’ll find yourself transported into a world of furry friends, unicorns, and commercial cartoons doing un-commercial things (like Darth Vader and R2-D2 in a tight embrace). Australian artist Jeremyville is exhibiting his artworks for the first time in Manila. His illustrations come alive like the skater boy version of a Peter Max painting: a frenzy of pop and psychedelica, and fictional characters wearing top hats sliding down rainbows. His series of Community Service Announcement prints feature lovable cartoon characters — like those from the Little Miss books — generally reminding you to take a chill pill. “It’s OK to be you. It’s OK to be me,” reads one poster on the wall. Another features a herd of people begrudgingly walking in a group, with the headline, “Question where we are going.” Like any service announcement, they’re little nuggets of wisdom that make you go, “Hmm,” intended to be good for you. Also on display are his maximalist paintings, and limited edition Hieronymus porcelain sculptures made in Belgium, which look like trippy Matryoshka dolls that open up and reveal smaller critters inside.

The artist grew up playing with Lego, Smurfs, sea monkeys, toy soldiers, and Tintin figures. His career was jumpstarted by an illustrator stint at the Sydney Morning Herald, drawing for the daily until he became one of the most notable pop artists today. He has had collaborations with Nike, Mercedes, LeSportsac, MTV, Disney, Swatch, Diesel, Adidas and recently Uniqlo (which has yet to be launched in Manila). His works have been showcased in the Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh, La Casa Encendida Museum in Madrid, the Madre Museum in Napoli, Colette in Paris, Cappellini in NYC, and the 798 Arts District in Beijing. He was also selected as one of the 100 Best Illustrators in the World by New York Times editor Steven Heller.

Catch Jeremyville’s show at Vinyl On Vinyl, in Warehouse 2 – 2135 Chino Roces, Makati, on display until June 9.

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