Best of the Grad Shows 2017: University of the West of England (UWE)

Exciting new illustration talent from the University of the West of England's School of Art and Design.


Image: Charlotte Gilbert

We went down to the University of the West of England’s (UWE) School of Art and Design grad show in London last night, and spotted some very talented illustrators.

UWE is based in Bristol, but appeared at this year’s D&AD New Blood, and held their own show in East London’s Hoxton. 

It’s been a brilliant year of grad shows, with fresh talent continuing to inspire us at Digital Arts – everything from a transgender fitness app to a knitted bench to facilitate community.

You can check out our roundups of the best talent from D&AD New Blood New Designers, London College of CommunicationMiddlesex UniversityWinchester School of ArtCentral Saint Martins.

Read on to see our top picks from the UWE School of Art and Design.

Max Wilkins 

Max is a freelance illustrator from London, whose loose mark-makings, bold spray paint colours and comedic edge immediately caught our attention. 

Max works with traditional techniques including dip pens, spray paint and watercolour, as well as Photoshop to experiment with layout and colour.

maxwilkinsillustration.co.uk/


Max Wilkins 

Check out his illustration of footballers, fans and the culture (we can tell Max is a huge football fan).

maxwilkinsillustration.co.uk/

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Jenny Simmons 

Multi-disciplinary maker Jenny works in 2D, 3D and film. Eel Meals with Keely Eels is her final project for university. It’s a surreal take on an eel themed cooking show, with a video expected soon.

jennysimmonscreative.com/


Jenny Simmons 

Jenny spent six months filming, writing, directing, making the props, editing and directing almost every part of Eel Meals, and as she describes, "pulling in a couple of favours along the way and half killing myself in the process".

jennysimmonscreative.com/


Matt Whitehouse

We instantly fell in love with Matt's cheeky and adorably cute animal illustrations. Does it need more explanation? 

mattwhitehouse.co.uk/

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Charlotte Gilbert 

Charlotte primarily uses digital, but we love her beautiful coloured pencil illustrations on traditional media. Her female protagonists are elegant, and relatable, and the warm colour palette and appearance of flowers makes us think of spring and happiness.

This illustration is from Bloom, a wordless narrative about learning to find beauty within yourself. It’s Charlotte’s first illustrated book, and we can definitely see many more in the future.


Charlotte Gilbert 

This illustration is from Bloom, a wordless narrative about learning to find beauty within yourself. It’s Charlotte’s first illustrated book, and we can definitely see many more in the future.

chazgilbertart.com

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Donna Clark

What’s more intriguing than a polar bear swimming underwater? Donna’s enchanting array of bear illustrations are delightful. If you didn’t already guess, Donna loves polar bears.

@dclark.design


Bethany Wallington 

Bethany’s work is simplistic, yet bright, engaging and positively warming to look at. It encapsulates a youthful, childlike joy and sense for adventure which we all enjoy deep down.

@bethanywally


Bethany Wallington 

This piece is based on memories with her father.

@bethanywally

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