Oslo Davis makes art for various publications and projects worldwide. This includes illustrations for The New York Times, cartoons for The Age, satirical infographics for The Monthly magazine, a twenty-nine metre drawing for a Melbourne tram and merchandise designs for the Tokyo Olympics. Oslo also speaks at festivals, teaches drawing classes and publishes books, notably This Annoying Life: A Mindless Colouring Book for the Highly Stressed (Chronicle Books and Black Inc.). Raised Eyebrows, Oslo’s self-published drawn newspaper, comes out every year or so. Oslo was previously awarded a Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria, and is a former Walkley Award finalist. Oslo lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife, two daughters and Pluto, an Australian Terrier.
“What did you do during the lockdown grandpa?” I drew pictures. What else could I do? Drawing was an escape out of the 5km lockdown limit that surrounded us. Drawing was a doubling-down, an act of introspection, of remembering and imagination. Drawing killed time. After they closed my studio I moved home and shared a room with one of my kids. I came up with projects, incuding one where I drew non-COVID- related nonsense on postcards and mailed them to people. I looked through binoculars and drew pigeons. I filled sketchbooks. I drew my world, and I think it saved me.