< Owen Gildersleeve
United Kingdom



With a distinctive style refined over 15 years, Owen Gildersleeve brings graphic designs to life through meticulous hand-cut layers and a dynamic play of light and shadow. His expertise spans from intricate paper illustrations and animations to expansive sets, window displays, and installations. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with esteemed international clients such as BAFTA, Meta, LUSH Cosmetics, Penguin Random House and NASA, among others.

In 2014, Owen unveiled his debut publication, ‘Paper Cut’, an ode to the artistry of 25 renowned paper craft artists worldwide. Through an immersive collection of in-depth interviews conducted over a year, the book showcases their exceptional creative practices while reflecting Owen’s passion for the craft.

While his commercial work flourishes, Owen also dedicates time to exploring personal themes and experimental projects. This creative exploration is showcased in his online shop, featuring a collection of unique and original handcrafted paper cut artworks.


Exhibitions (2018-present)

Observations from the Unknown
2018, ARGONAUT Gallery, San Francisco

Lost and Not Found
2019, Wieden and Kennedy Design Show

Like No Other – Collaboration with Harvey Lloyd Screens
2023, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton

Awards (2018-present)

Frēsh Gold & Silver Awards
2018, Fabrik

Communication Arts Award of Excellence
2018, Communication Arts Awards

AI38 Chosen Winner
2019, AI-AP Archives

The Academy of British Cover Design’s Young Adult Winner
2020, The Academy of British Cover Design

Communication Arts Typography Award
2020, Communication Arts Awards

Graphis Gold & Silver Awards
2020, Graphis Poster Annual

Art Director’s Club Award Winner
For ‘The Balvenie’ and ‘Burntcoat’
2022, The One Club for Creativity

Communication Arts Award of Excellence
2022, Communication Arts Awards

World Illustration Awards Innovation Winner
2022, The AOI World Illustration Awards