We are proud to work with this talented group of independent artists.
Angelica Lena is an Italian animator and illustrator. Originally from Rome, Angelica studied in London at Central St Martin’s where she developed her handcrafted illustrative style and experimented with moving image. Her work is notable for its use of colour and playful attitude which leave a distinct and memorable impression. She recently received funding from the Greek Government to make a short animated film exploring issues surrounding the refugee crisis. The film premiered at the prestigious Drama Film Festival and is currently making its way around the festival circuit.
Maddie Yuille is a London based artist. The majority of her work is painted on canvas which she fills with striking colours and a blend of geometric and natural forms that hold and sustain attention. She was shortlisted for the 2020 Contemporary British Painting Prize exhibiting with the other finalists at the ASC Gallery, London. An active participant in the London art scene, she has co-hosted several shows, including Lost In Isolation, an online group show with Void Collective that responded to life in lockdown.
Michael Vystavel is a Czech animator. Originally from Brno, he studied in London at Middlesex University under the tutelage of the revered Disney animator Vincent Woodcock who worked on Space Jam. Michael’s animations are unusual in today’s world as they are made in a traditional way using paints and paper. Each frame is painted individually and then played in sequence to give the illusion of movement. His work often has a macabre and humorous undertone, as exemplified by Eskimo Surprise.
Holly Warburton is a Bath based artist. Working from observational sketches captured in the moment Holly creates scenes back in the studio that are at once imaginative and relatable. Colour plays a major role in the mood she evokes, using vivid contrasts with rich textures to convey a nostalgic and intriguing feeling. Meticulous attention is given to each and every frame.
Octavian Fitzherbert is an Irish artist. His work is sketchy and imaginative, at once brilliant and bizarre. He was awarded a much coveted place at The National Drawing School after school and then went on to attain a BA in Fine Art from The National College of Art and Design, Ireland. After that he made the move into animation. It’s a well suited medium to his approach, which is often inspired by fairytales, meandering, obscure and hilarious. All well within the feasible with animation.
Sharon Liu is an animation director and illustrator based in London. She studied at The Royal Collage of Art and specialises in hand crafted, art based animation techniques ranging from hand drawn and painted through to mixed media. Her work is rich with movement and surprise. She recently directed the animated video for Nina Simone’s Colour Is A Beautiful Thing and was the lead background artist on Channel 4’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea. She is a visiting lecturer on several undergraduate courses including at Kingston School of Art and the University for the Creative Arts.
Isabel Garrett is a Welsh animation director interested in telling weird and subversive stories using stop motion, puppetry and live action. Her work is usually focussed on tragic but forceful female characters inhabiting surreal worlds, sometimes uncomfortable and sometimes funny.
Alice Bibette is a French animation director and illustrator. She studied in London at Central St Martin’s where she experimented with 2d and 3d animation as well as game design. She is interested in the relationship between a place and the art created in that place, changing her context for inspiration. She has lived in London, Doha and Paris. Now living back in Paris, she is working freelance on a range of commercial and personal projects.
Alistair Nicholls is an English animator and illustrator whose character led work is comic and captivating. He pairs a natural instinct for timing with an expert understanding of the awkward moment. The ideas he gravitates towards are off-the-wall yet relatable. In terms of bringing them to life, his primary medium is claymation. It’s a medium that has a special tangible quality that stands out in a world dominated by digital approaches to craft and art. It’s hard not to enjoy the work that Alistair creates. You get the impression that it’s as fun for him to make as it is for us to watch.
Sara Buccellato is an Italian illustrator, animator and concept artist who lives in the charming city of Cambridge, UK. In her work she most enjoys taking on the challenge of conveying through image and movement inner moods that seem inexpressible through words, like ‘this thing sounds yellow’. Her technical ability is superb and she pairs it with a measured sense of colour and an ambitious approach to execution. The outcome is work that is beautiful and intriguing.
Oliver Trace is a London based artist. He takes inspiration from philosophical concepts that he finds on his day to day perusals through the canon, such as Jung’s ‘Every object has a shadow side’ and gives them a new life through the medium of animation. In terms of style, he focuses on texture, colour and balance, creating work that is striking in its simplicity. Oliver is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of 2050cards.