Abbie Cohen

Born in France, Abbie Cohen has never had formal training in illustration or the arts. Having completed a BA in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University of London in 2013, Cohen is currently studying her postgraduate degree at Sheffield University, with the ambition of training as a magazine journalist.

Showcasing her works for the very first time, Cohen has decided to depict London as “vibrant and chaotic, yet it is also a place where timeliness and structure are key”. The project combines her passion for both nature and the cityscape. Her drawings were constructed by using watercolour and Indian ink, “and a good playlist throughout”.

Abbie Cohen is currently the editor-in-chief of the online NeverLazy Magazine.

Chieh-Yi Yang (Joyce)

Residing in Taiwan, Joyce has completed her BA in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University of London in 2013, having focused in Photography.

Attentive to the fluidity of modern life, Joyce “believes her works is a way to explore the self’s interaction with the surrounding world”. Compared to her photography, her illustrations tend to be playful and ironic, aiding her in creating a new playful world. The artist has previously exhibited at the Goldsmiths Photography Interim Show on Bricklane, London, in 2013, as well as the Media Degree Show in the same year.

Joyce has recently created her own illustration company, Misfits Karma.

Chirs Corr

Christopher Corr was born in London and studied at The Royal College of Art. His round-the-world travels provide much inspiration for his Work. His first trip to India in 1986 resulted in a one person show entitled “Wel-come To India” which was followed by a book and a short BBC TV film of the same name.

Commissions range from book jackets, posters, the World Aids Day 1996 campaign, artist for Qantas, and artist for Windstar Cruises.

The Royal Mail sent him to Bosnia to paint SFOR, the Peace-Keeping troops for a commemorative stamp in the Millennium Stamps project. He has recently been working on some children’s books.

Deokwoo Hwang

Born in Korea, Deokwoo Hwang has graduated from the BSE in Chemical Engineering at Yonesi University (Korea) in 2004, before continuing his education with an MA in Photography & Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, due to graduate later this year.

Having had a career in Human Resources and Strategic Planning at Samsung Electronics, Hwang’s unusual artistic path has stemmed from his interest in understanding the construction of collective acts within society, focusing on the lives of individuals in relations to existentialism based on the Capitalism/Consumerism binary divide.

Previous exhibits include the Photography & Urban Cultures interim show in March 2014.

Eun Kim

Eun Kim was raised in Korea and moved to England to study when she was 21. As a former filmmaking student, Kim was fascinated with the aspect of communication between the artist and the audience and this let her to study the BA in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Currently pursuing this interest with her MA in Photography: Image and Electronic Arts at the same institute, Kim is passionate about Surrealism, conducting experimental works by combining scenes of city life with surrealistic ideas. Photography is a challenge for her, and also a tool to observe herself. ‘Documenting Blake’s London’ was another challenge, as she attempted to convey her feelings using black and white film.

The artist has already exhibited at the 2013 BA Media and Communications Degree Show at Goldsmiths University, as Well as at the London Photo Festival (October 2013) at the Crypt.

Gemma Latimer

Having graduated from Liverpool University with a Degree in Illustration, I’m now working as a Freelance Illustrator and Lecturer in London. Inspired by Circuses, Victoriana, and Surrealism I create collage’s combining the past and present through a mixture of found imagery, illustration, photography and drawing. Working with collage and my trusted photocopier I create all of my work by hand, frequenting second hand shops, car boot sales and markets to build up my ever growing archive of second hand books, magazines, photographs and postcards. I always create my work by hand, only using a computer for layout at final stages. I like my illustration to have a certain tangibility, a quality that cannot be captured by digital means alone, even if that is as small as a blob of ink or a smudge on a photocopy. Clients include Radio Times, Ted Baker, Bafta, Marie Claire, The Times, Classic FM, The Irish Times, TBWA, Management Today and People Management amongst others. I have also worked as a Visiting Illustration Lecturer at Goldsmiths University, London for the past 4 years. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Henri Ghosn

Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, but having lived abroad for the majority of his life, Ghosn has inherited a Swiss-French-and Lebanese upbringing. Having graduated from the BA Media and Communications course at Goldsmiths University of London in 2013, he is now pursuing an MA in Political Communications at the same institution.

Attracted to sociology for a long time, the illustrations presented here create an ethnographic account of the post-modern city. His works are deeply inspired by the texts of Bret Easton Ellis in addition to the writings of Richard Sennett, Zygmun Bauman and Walter Benjamin, and the artist Humphrey Ocean.

Previous exhibitions include The Umbrella Projects (2013), BoxPark (2013), The Blacksmiths and ToffeMaker (2013) as well as commissions for Candles UK (2013) and Cent Magazine (2013).

Jue Zhang (Serena)

Born in Xiamen, China, Serena has studied for two years at the Central Academy of Drama in Stage Art Design, before starting her BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University of London in 2010. Deeply interested in documentary and live drawings, Serena combines both pen and watercolours.

Previously, Serena has exhibited at the Goldsmiths Degree Show Extension in 2010, as well a Café in New Cross Gate, London, in 2011.

Jun Kim

Originally from South Korea, Jun Kim left his hometown and settled in Sydney, Australia at an early age. After having started up a profitable business, he decided to pursue his higher education at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating with a BA in Media and Communications with applied Illustration in 2013, he is now completing an MA in Brands, Communications and Culture at the same establishments.

An expert in linocut printmaking, Kim is strongly influenced by his research in Cultural sociology, being deeply inspired by the likes of Roland Barthes. Through his prints, Kim challenges pre-given stereotypes through the questioning of semiotic terms, but instead of simply breaking them, he interestingly bids to “re-stereotype” them, reconfiguring the text’s layers of meaning.

Having obtained a First Class degree in his final illustration project, Kim has previously exhibited at the Goldsmiths Media and Communications 2013 Degree Show, and is now the co-founder of Arnis Purple.

Maria Achkar

Originally from Lebanon, Maria Achkar has completed her BA in Studio Arts and minor in English Literature at the American University of Beirut in 2012, followed by an MA in Film and Photography at Goldsmiths University of London in 2013. Having been brought up speaking both French, English and Arabic, Achkar is a true example of a Third-Culture-Child. This has had a profound influence in her works, where she explores and extracts the different cultures of her sitters.

Using photography, watercolour and acrylics, Achkar’s works generally related to psychology, where she strives to understand “human emotions, how imagination works, how dance movements and music or simple conversations can change one’s perspective on life”.

Achkar has recently moved back to Beirut, where she is now focusing her works on the image of Lebanon.

Patience Nottingham

Originally from London, and having graduated from her BA in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, Patience Nottingham has always found Blake’s ‘London’ to be quite melancholic in comparison to her own, more positive viewpoint of her city.

Through her pieces, Nottingham wanted to capture the lonely flaneur narrator crossing paths and catching eyes with the unsavoury, sad characters he meets in his midnight exploration of the city. Focusing on the characters of the ‘Sweep’ and the ‘Harlot’, the artist has updated them for a more modern London.

Patience has used traditional portraits with unconventional elements: their canvas has been created from various items of rubbish she found littering the streets in order to reflect the discarded and despondent feeling that Blake’s poem evokes in her.

Ping-Jung Su

Having graduated from her BA in Illustration at the infamous Camberwell College of Art in 2013, Ping-Jung is currently undertaking an MA in illustration at Kingston University.

Favouring markers, pastels and watercolour, Ping-Jung is interested in childhood as well as architecture, having already held several exhibits, notably at the Kinani-Chidovori Gallery in 2012, as well as with the Stichting Culturele Droomwever, a non-profit children organisation in Amsterdam in 2012.

Working with Arnis Purple, the artist has chosen to display her Londoner series, testifying the importance the capital plays in our daily lives.

Ping-Jung Su is currently residing in London, and working as a blogger in Taiwan as well as Polysh, a website which shares the newest living and arts information in Taiwan.

Samuel T Hart

Currently completing his BA in Graphic Design at the Camberwell College of Arts (UAL), Samuel T. Hart was born and bred within the metropolitan city that is London. Using photography as well as acrylics, Hart is fascinated by the socio-political power invested within architecture.

Hart has already been awarded the prestigious D&AD Award in 2013 for his work with the V&A Museum, as well as repetitively featured in The Londonist and TimeOut London.

The artist is expected to graduate from his BA with flying colours later this year, with the ambition to pursue a postgraduate degree in architectural studies in the coming years.

Su-Li Chin

Born in Kuala Lumpur and having previously lived in both Hong Kong and Essex, Su-Li Chin has been interested in visual communications before she ever knew what it meant! Having had experiences in film, animation and illustration, Chin finds inspiration in “drawing people doing everyday, often mundane things”.

Having had a strong education in socioculutralist and globalization theory, Chin trusts that culture arises from the ordinary.

Having graduated with a BA in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University of London, participating in the Media and Communications 2013 Degree Show, Su-Li Chin now resides in Singapore, pursuing her graduate education in 3D animation at the 3dSense Media School.