Before becoming a sought-after illustrator working for publishing giants such as The Sunday Times, Elle magazine, and Erratum, Lyon-based Virginie Morgand specialised in animation. This explains why her colourful hand-drawn shapes are brimming with life and energy and why brands such as Gucci, Dior, and Barneys New York are among her many clients.
Clever use of light, bold compositions, and a dose of mystery. Thomas Danthony is a French artist who lives between London and Barcelona. His client list includes Google, The New York Times, Transport for London, Liberty, Penguin, Hennessy, and The English National Opera, among many others.
Sergio Mora is a painter, illustrator, and draftsman whose work is instantly recognizable for its magic and irony. He is a multidisciplinary artist who can take on any medium. He won the 2016 Latin Grammy for Best Design in recognition of the album cover he designed for Spanish indie pop group Love of Lesbian. He has painted the murals at Bazaar Mar, a Miami-based restaurant designed by Philippe Starck and owned by chef and humanitarian activist Jose Andrés, and he has collaborated with Gucci in the design of the brand’s spring summer 2018 capsule collection.
The identity and gender of the 28-year old Parisian illustrator who manages Regards Coupables, which in French means guilty pleasures, is unknown. As the artist explained in an interview with _shift: “I prefer to keep a mystery around Regards Coupables, because I feel that people will focus more on my identity than on my work, which is what’s important”.
Quentin Monge grew up on a beach in the south of France where he used to draw simple silhouettes in the sand. He now lives and works in Paris, where the summer vibes of his childhood by the sea keep inspiring his work. Quentin’s minimalist characters and beautifully composed patterns capture the fascinating world of sea life for the pleasure of our eyes. The colourful palette of his illustrations has been featured in campaigns for Airbnb, Barclays, The New York Times, Glamour, and the platform Weapons of Reason.
Olimpia Zagnoli is optimism turned into illustration. An artist who floods with colour all she comes into contact with. The talent and precociousness of this young Italian were recognised by the Art Directors Club of New York and the prestigious Print Magazine when her career had just begun.
Laura Berger always dreamed of becoming an artist, and it’s no surprise she’s made it as an accomplished painter and illustrator. Her recent solo shows at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco and Amsterdam’s Andenken Gallery are proof of her success. Laura’s instantly recognizable colour palette and distinctive yet anonymous characters come together in striking scenes that immediately draw the viewer’s attention.
Julie Safirstein is a Paris-based visual artist who is able to combine shapes and colours and turn them into a universe so attractive and alluring, we want to dive in and never leave. She is the author of five children’s books…but not your typical two-dimensional publications, we are talking about beautifully designed pop-ups that are sure to become family treasures. She has also worked for fashion brands Olivia Clergue and Hermès to help them create seasonal window displays.
Clara Arnús Montsalvatge is a multidisciplinary Spanish artist who calls Barcelona home. She spends most of her time at the Batabasta studio designing patterns for the brand’s wallpaper and home lines, but over the past two years she has begun exploring acrylic paint and serigraphy.
Originally from Australia, Christina is an artist and illustrator who has made Brooklyn, NY her home. She went from being the Art Director of Australian and US Vogue to creating her own work informed by her background in fashion and design. She has worked with specialty magazines and collaborated with fashion giants Nina Ricci, Michael Kors, and Maison Kitsune on capsule collections, set designs, and campaigns. She is also a prolific painter whose work has been the subject of exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Madrid, Paris, and Sydney
Cassandre Montoriol is a French illustrator who’s recently moved to London. Her feminine hand-drawn ink and crayon drawings are reminiscent of travel diaries, fashion illustration, and textile design.
She counts Hermès, LVMH, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Christian Louboutin among her many clients and her work has been featured time and time again in the glossy pages of Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, and Wallpaper.
Camille Walala is a purveyor of positivity. Expressed through vibrant colour and bold pattern. Her work, from the micro to the macro, harnesses optimistic typography and exuberant geometries to create environments that stimulate the senses and inspire joy. Her clients include: Harrods, Sarenza, Armani, The Other Art Fair, Natuzzi, Better Bankside, Naked Heart Foundation, Topshop, Swatch, Nike, Ted Baker, Art Fund, Selfridges, ES Magazine, Marie Claire, Converse, Facebook, Nintendo, XOYO, Koppaberg, Bompas & Parr, Darkroom, Barbican Festival, Land of King, Urban Outfitters, Caterpillar, Sydney Koskela, Splice TV, and many others.
Batabasta is the name Leticia and Clara gave their brand when they decided to jump into the world of fashion back in 2012 while living in Shanghai. Their original idea was to design a robe collection inspired by the movie divas of the 1960’s —bata, by the way, means robe in Spanish. They now design shirts, homeware, wallpaper and uniforms for a worldwide public in cities such as Shanghai, NYC, and Barcelona, to name a few.
Amber Vittoria, who lives and works in New York, began her career working as a graphic designer for Victoria’s Secret. Since then, she has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, the ADC Annual Award, and the American Illustration Chosen Winner. She has also collaborated with Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Le Bon Marché.
Picture a childhood travelling to and from motorsport circuits. Alan’s father worked designing racing cars and this British artist grew up sketching the glitz and glamour of Formula One roadshows from the backseat of his family’s car. Alan’s vibrant and vivacious illustrations have won him collaborations with Coca Cola, London Fashion Week, Tag Heuer Watches, Porsche, the Tour De France, and Grey Goose Vodka, to name a few.