The art of Jeffrey Robert has transformed a crayon into a paintbrush and reinvented the idea of what can be created with an ordinary Crayola crayon, taking crayons to new heights on the lofty walls of art galleries. People stop, stare and smile when they see his artwork framed with his signature crayon nameplate and it really sets his art apart giving it a distinctive look. Then comes the automatic catchphrase, "I can't believe he did that with a box of crayons!"
Recognized as a pioneer of crayon art, Jeffrey Robert has been the feature of numerous Newspaper, Magazine and Television programs including ABC's Good Morning America with his good friends at Crayola for their 100th Year Celebration. (CLICK TO WATCH THE VIDEO)
Jeffrey combines the nostalgia of our childhood crayon art experiences with his trademark signature series of Crayon Collectibles to serve as an ideal representation of what makes his unique art so appealing to a wide demographic-- from fine art collectors to novice buyers. And his latest series of surf and beach images have the power to transport us, if only just a moment, directly to paradise like a breath of fresh air.
Growing up in Hawaii with a royal Hawaiian heritage, Jeffrey was a gifted artist and musician with a passion for surfing. Born at Tripler Hospital and raised in Foster Village on Oahu, he attended Pearl Harbor Elementary School, Aliumanu Intermediate School and Radford High School where he received exceptional grades in art and was named "Surfer of the Year" by his high school yearbook. Jeffrey states, "When Crayola produced their 64 box, I was attending Pearl Harbor Elementary School in Hawaii and wow, so many colors, it was amazing! Little did I know years later Crayola would invite me to be a part of their 50th birthday celebration! click here
Along with his role as an artist, Jeffrey has been inspired to educate people of all age and skill levels through his educational crayon art DVDs and workbooks by sharing the power of visualization and application in the simple and effective techniques in the use of crayons.
ARTIST STATEMENT: For my entire career in fine art, my crayon art has attracted, amazed, astonished, and inspired people in all walks of life. There is truly a universal attraction to fine art with crayons and I believe crayons are a bond that connects us all.
Through my years as The Crayon Artist, during gallery showings, school lectures, public appearances, I have constantly had people of all ages light up when they tell me their favorite thing about crayons...whether it be a memory when they were a child, now sharing that bond of crayons with their children or grandchildren and even children telling me how much they love to color with friends, siblings, parents, grandparents. I consider crayons to be a stress breaker as I have even met many busy executives who secretly share their continued love of coloring as they open their desk drawers and show me their Crayola crayons and coloring books!
Somehow through all of the new technology, it feels like we are about to lose that one thing that binds us all...crayons, the one tool that we all have experiences with, which can connect us all together. I hope to inspire children and adults to open a fresh new box of crayons, smell that familiar smell and reminisce of happy times when the world just stood still as we colored to our hearts desire, creatively expressing ourselves, without a care in the world.
So, even though today crayons are typically considered to be just for kids, in times like these, with a world in chaos, it feels good to think back to times when life wasn't so complicated. Creating art with crayons is a wholesome and productive way to simply relax!