Oslo Davis

Artist Bio

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.

Artist Statement 

“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.