Jake Abrams is an active practising illustrator, artist and educator.
He is a Principal Lecturer in Illustration & Animation at Kingston
University and is a committed and unconventional teacher who has successfully
helped steer a multi-award winning course linking with major industrial
and artistic collaborations.
He has also maintained an active practice and profile as an illustrator,
designer and artist working for the likes of The Independent, The
Guardian, The Times, The spectator, TES and Creative Review and has
had exhibitions at home and abroad. Forging international partnerships
, he has made close educational links in Korea, China and Norway.
He is a National ‘Art Design and Media Teaching Fellow’
and a Kingston University Teaching Fellow . He has instigated many
projects on fostering creativity and the importance of drawing to
the designer and illustrator.
Observational reportage drawing has always been a central preoccupation
for Jake . He invariably keeps a sketchbook with him to record what's
going on around him. These sketches inform his varied artistic practice.
As 'Artist in Residence' at The London Sinfonietta
he spent a year drawing the orchestra in practise and in concert.
The contemporary classical repertiore had a marked influence on the
drawings he produced rekindling an interest in ideas of synaesthesia.
The resultant drawings and large abstract prints were displayed at
the Southbank Centre, in London in 2012.
Abrams' research has led to work with the Triptych
Research Group in 2005, contributing to the web dialogue and producing
artwork for the Triangle
project. Research into How LMS systems can enhance Studio Practice
2005-6 produced an innovative interactive site for studio learners
and lectures are proposed in South Africa and London. In 2006 he was
awarded a University Teaching Fellowship, Ideas on ideas, given for
his research into how creative ideas are generated. An innovative
website and publication are in production to disseminate the results.
Abrams has brought the most influential and important Children's'
Publishers into Kingston encouraging them to work closely with students.
Publishers such as Bloomsbury, Walker and Penguin have become directly
involved and have been nurtured in order that this link is maintained.
Level Two students have won major prizes and had their Children's
Books published internationally.
Abrams is currently writing chapters of the Association of Illustrator's
Survival publication, one on authorial Illustration and one on Illustration