Owen Gildersleeve is an Award Winning Artist Based in London Specialising in Handcrafted Illustration, Set Design and Art Direction.

His unique style honed over the past 10 years, brings graphic designs to life through carefully hand-cut layers and a playful use of light and shadow.

Working with an array of international clients, his practice ranges from intricate paper illustrations and animations, shot in his East London studio, to large-scale sets, window displays and installations. As well as commercial projects Owen enjoys exploring ideas and themes of his own, creating new bodies of work for shows and exhibitions and collaborating with other artists.

His first book Paper Cut was published in 2014, and celebrates the skilled creative practices of 25 leading paper craft artists from around the world through a series of in-depth interviews carried out by Owen over the course of a year.

In July 2018 his latest solo exhibition Observations from the Unknown launched at the ARGONAUT Gallery in San Francisco, featuring an original body of work celebrating the NASA’s Kepler spacecraft and its nine year mission. The exhibition ran from 17th July - 31st August, 2018.

“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

American Representation

Selected Clients

Selected Exhibitions

Talks & Workshops

  • BBC Workshop

    2019, Paper Cutting workshop for BBC Creative Away Day

  • Brief Festival

    2018, Brief Festival, Madrid

  • Artist Workshop: Owen Gildersleeve

    2018, ARGONAUT Gallery, San Francicso

  • 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