Owen Gildersleeve is a Multi-Award Winning Graphic Artist Based in London Specialising in Handcrafted Illustration, Set Design and Art Direction.

Owen’s work often plays with light and shadow, combining hand-cut layers of paper with graphical forms and hand-rendered typography. His creations range from small-scale intricate paper illustrations that he shoots at his studio in East London, to large-scale sets and installations, for which he often collaborates with other creatives to help bring his ideas into being.

Owen's playful handcrafted creations have won him numerous awards, including accolades from the Type Directors Club, the Association of Illustrators, Graphis, The Society of News Design and the Art Directors Club of New York. Owen has also produced work for an array of international clients and has exhibited across the world, including Bangkok, London, Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo. 

Published in 2014, Owen’s first book Paper Cut celebrated the skilled creative practice of 25 leading papercraft artists from around the world through a range of in-depth interviews carried out by Owen over the course of a year. 

In July 2018 Owen will be launching his first solo exhibition Observations from the Unknown at the ARGONAUT Gallery in San Francisco. The show features a large new body of work celebrating the NASA spacecraft Kepler’s nine year mission.

“Owen’s handcrafted creations are meticulous, communicative and uplifting.”— It's Nice That


Owen Gildersleeve Ltd.

Studio F12, 23 - 27 Arcola Street,

London, E8 2DJ, UK

European Representation

American Representation

Selected Clients

Selected Awards

Selected Exhibitions

  • Discoverer's Alliance

    2015, Downstairs at Mother, London

  • Atmosphere Exhibition

    2014, One Ounce for Onion, Bangkok

  • Paper Cut: The Exhibition

    2014, The Proud Archivist, London

  • Soirée Graphique 2014

    2014, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland

  • A Family Affair

    2012, Fallon, London

  • Pick Me Up

    2012, Somerset House, London

  • A Baker's Dozen

    2012, Ted Baker, New York

  • ADC Young Guns 9

    2011, Art Directors Club, New York

  • Hello UK Graphics

    2010, PARCO, Tokyo

  • Turn Up the Colour

    2010, Analogue Books, Edinburgh

  • Who's In Charge?

    2010, Dreamspace Gallery, London

Talks & Workshops

  • Ears & Eyes Talk

    2016, The Beacon, Hastings

  • Visiting Lecturer

    2014 - 2016, Kingston University

  • Paper Cut: The Artists Talk

    2014, The Proud Archivist Gallery, London

  • Heavy Pencil Workshop

    2014, Pick Me Up, London

  • You Can Now: Illustrate

    2013, Shoreditch House, London

  • D&AD New Blood Workshop

    2012, London

  • ADC x Apple Talk

    2012, Apple Store, Regent Street, London

  • How We Got to Where We Are Now

    2011, Brighton University