Introducing Josef Lee
It was the images that first attracted me to Josef Lee’s work and consequently the wonderful stories that kept me intrigued. Never before have I come across Bedtime Stories designed specifically for Adults. No, it’s not “adult” content in the genre you may have first considered (naughty!)
Josef writes stories “about life, about love, about stuffs.” He has the ability to draw you into his parallel universe by way of subtle messaging on issues of human concern.
Josef Lee is a writer and artist from Singapore. His imaginative series Josef Lee’s Bedtime Stories for Adults combines illustrations with emotionally intelligent storylines to produce beautifully poignant works.
Creating illustrated picture-stories since 2008, thousands have read his books online and he has a strong base of adoring fans.
Social Media Acclaim
When Bored Panda released a post on the book “Wake me up in Happy Land,” it went viral. The story about an old man traveling the world in search of Happy Land touched hearts around the world. As a result, it was translated into Spanish, Italian, Russian and Chinese. Brightside created a short animated version of the book which to date has been viewed more than 80,000 times.
Some of the wonderful characters created by the mind of writer/artist Josef Lee:-
- a lovelorn Giant who fell in love with the Statue of Liberty
- a Snowman who wished to be a real boy
- a girl who was jealous of her own perfect reflection
- a boy who trapped the sea in glass bottles
Breaking Down the Walls
Following Wake Me Up At Happyland, Lee turned his attention to creatively capturing his objections to President Trump’s suggestion to ‘build a wall’. He drew an almost wordless picture book about walls entitled Peace, Will You Play With Me? – a story about how adults build walls of separation, that children can easily bring down through their love and innocence – “for even the toughest walls shall not stand strong when faced with a child’s innocence.”
Jimmy Hornet made the decision to post Josef Lee’s work under the Design category, given our investigation into Design and the definition: plan the creation of a product or service with the intention of improving the human experience with respect to a specified problem.
We perceive that the story came first and the illustration served to improve the human experience. This will be a good discussion point for future communication with the Author / Designer.
Josef’s illustrations are extraordinary, and Jimmy Hornet will soon stock both the books and framed illustrative exerts.