Jonas Lauren Norr is a Swedish artist who has taken the world by storm. We’ll assume you through his life and career, his inspirations and motivations, and future projects.
What’s even better about this post is that it includes Jonas’ thoughts on art in general and art education. Yes, we’ve written this post, but it’s not exactly long and drawn out. No, you won’t find a long, detailed speech and exposition here. We don’t have time for that. We want you to learn about the man and his work. That is why we’ve purposefully kept this as short as possible (primarily because if we got into a lot of details, it would turn into an essay) – so don’t be afraid because you might lose interest while reading this. That’s why we’ll keep it short and sweet (and sweet can come in many flavors). It’s also an in-depth look at the artist so you can see who he is and what gets him going.
Jonas Lauren Norr, better known as Jonas, was born in Stockholm on March 6th, 1987 (like me). He’s a famous artist but has had his fair share of ups and downs. Now we’ll take a brief look at how he got to where he is right now – because it’s not always easy to make it big in this world, and even if you try your hardest to reach the top, sometimes it doesn’t happen overnight.
The teen years were rough. Classmates bullied him, and his art was not taken seriously. As a kid, he didn’t get good grades, so it made him wonder if art was his thing and, if it was, what kind of art he wanted to create. It wasn’t until he went to high school that things started to look up for him. He discovered an interest in graphic design, began designing logos for school projects, and soon realized that this was what he wanted to do for a living.
In 2009 Jonas reached out to the “Artist Toy” company after seeing their products at the New York Art Book Fair. He decided to join the company and sent them his design portfolio. His designs were in high demand and very well received by the company, but it wasn’t enough to make him leave his job at the law firm where he worked (and still is today). He kept pushing on as an artist and began focusing on his brands.
By 2012 he was signed with “Artist Toy.” He now works with them creating artwork for their products – he designed their first book title, “Artist Toys By Artists,” in 2012, followed by edition two the next year. The success of these books resulted in them being translated into Chinese, German and Spanish.