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Jake Abrams

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 Education.



Jake Abrams
Jake Abrams
Jake Abrams
Jake Abrams
Jake Abrams