Only small groups of people ever get to see his original portraits. In late 2014, Northern Irish visual artist Oliver Jeffers began The Dipped Painting Project — performances during which he dipped his own fully painted portraits halfway into vats of colored enamel paints. Jeffers, 46, is an award-winning author and illustrator of over 20 books, primarily for children. ​​Begin Again, his first illustrated book for all ages, opens with a simple yet complex question: “Where did we begin?” and goes on to explore humanity’s past, present, and hopes for the future. He was trying to look at the world scientifically and emotionally at the same time when he fell into the Dipped Painting Project. “I try to focus on the things that are important about how I want to feel as a human being and how my actions can lead to a better, although unknown, future,” he says.

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