Owen Gildersleeve is an illustrator and designer based in London.

He graduated from the University of Brighton in 2008, and has since produced illustrations and designs for an array of international clients. His imagery often plays with light and shadow, frequently combining multiple-layered papercuttings with graphical forms and hand-rendered typography. He also enjoys collaborating with photographers, animators, and stylists to bring his ideas to life. Owen's playful, hand-crafted creations won him a prestigious ADC Young Guns 9 award in 2011, and have been exhibited across the world including London, New York, and Tokyo.

Owen's first book Paper Cut will be released in June 2014. For this he brought together 25 of the most exciting papercraft artists and illustrators from around the world, delving deep into their working practice, through in-depth interviews and rarely seen behind the scenes imagery.


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Owen Gildersleeve,
Studio F11, 23 - 27 Arcola Street,
London, E8 2DJ, UK


MP Arts – UK

Agent Pekka
 – Europe

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Clients Include

Advertising & Commercial – Art Director's Club, Ben & Jerry's, The British Council, Cadbury's, Glasgow Film Festival, Fiat, Global Blue, Harrods, Juhla Mokka, KPMG, Lactofree, Maersk, Milka, Motilo, Nestea, Not on the High Street, NSPCC, Outdoor Finland, Procter & Gamble, Rolex, Royal Mail, Transport for London.

Editorial & Publishing
– Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Computer Arts Magazine, Conde Nast, Ebony, Fast Company Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Grafia, The Guardian, HHMI Bulletin, House & Gardens, HOW, I.D. Magazine, The Independent, Intersection, The New York Times, Scientific American, SHOP, Shortlist, Stanford Business Magazine, TIME, Wallpaper*, Wired, Wonderland.


ADC Young Guns 9 Winner, 2011, Art Directors Club, New York
TDC 55 Winner, 2009, Type Directors Club, New York

Talks & Workshops

'Heavy Pencil' Workshop – May 2014, Pick Me Up, London
'Paper Cut' Workshop & Talk 
– January 2014, Kingston University, London
'You Can Now: Illustrate' Talk – April 2013, Shoreditch House, London
Many Hands D&AD New Blood Workshop – June 2012, London
'ADC x Apple' Talk – March 2012, Apple Store, Regent Street, London
How We Got to Where We Are Now: Evening Tweed – 2011, Brighton University


'Paper Cut' Exhibition – Upcoming
Soirée Graphique 2014
– Upcoming
Pick Me Up
 – April 2014, Somerset House, London
A Family Affair – May 2012, Fallon, London
Pick Me Up – April 2012, Somerset House, London
A Baker's Dozen  April 2012, Ted Baker, New York
ADC Young Guns 9 Exhibition October 2011, Art Directors Club, New York
Pick Me Up – March 2011, Somerset House, London
Hello London – August 2010, PARCO, Tokyo
Turn Up the Colour – July - August 2010, Analogue Books, Edinburgh
Who's In Charge – 5th - 16th July 2010, Dreamspace Gallery, London
Fallon Festival – May 2010, Fallon, London