When you learn that Jeremyville’s images are “travel sketches from [his] dreams and nightmares,” his characters’ insistent urgings to “Sleep!”, “Rise and Shine!” “Stay up!” and “Call home!” make much more sense. Some of his egg-shaped and Mr. Potato Head characters’ speech bubbles remain empty, but you get the sense that it won’t be long before they’re barking orders as well—and especially as you’re sleeping.
Jeremyville insists that he’s not a morning person. That makes sense, because he cites as his mission “to rescue drowning characters from the stream of consciousness.”
“My characters are fragments of me,” he explains. “Add their molecules together and they make up Jeremyville.”
Add as well a bit of good old-fashioned bagel love: “I painted bagels because I was hungry at the time, and was looking forward to breakfast. Same with the dude holding the coffee. I didn't plan the work—I just started painting and thought about stuff as I went along.”
Don’t be fooled by Jeremyville’s straightforward (even huggable) forms and love of breadstuffs, though; as you can tell by the bathroom-dwelling potato head with the White Stripes haircut, he’s a rocker at heart. He’s collaborated with Beck on his Sketchel project (a mind-boggling array of one-of-a-kind custom-designed satchel bags) as well as MTV, Bigfoot, Lego, and tons of other pop visionaries.
And judging from the sheer numbers of ways that fans can bring a little Jeremyville into their homes, he’s got the shrewd heart of a businessman as well--but of course, it’s got a Jeremyville spin. “I'm project-based,” he says, “so I work first from the concept and that can manifest itself in many media, including fine art, graphic design, animation, product design, publishing, apparel and murals. I don't know how to label what I do.”