Concordia University’s Marxhausen Gallery of Art will host an exhibit titled "Picturing Books: 15 Years of Picture Book Art," by Oliver Jeffers, as part of the Plum Creek Literacy Festival, where viewers can see original artwork from Jeffers' collection. The exhibit will be available for viewing at the Marxhausen Gallery from Aug. 23 through Sept. 29.
Each year, the festival sponsors a traveling exhibit of children’s book illustrations in conjunction with the event. This year's exhibit is organized by the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature.
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 fifty languages and sold over 14 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 be released in October 2020, and he has illustrated several others. Oliver grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland; he currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
The Marxhausen Gallery is located in Jesse Hall and is open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., while classes are in session.