Illustrating Fantastic Beasts...and Other Stuff!: Olivia Lomenech Gill

Olivia Lomenech Gill is an artist, illustrator and printmaker who lives and works in north Northumberland in the UK. Originally trained in theatre, with a first-class degree from the University of Hull, as an artist Olivia is largely self-taught. In recent years Olivia has come to work on several illustration commissions, including Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse and JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. Olivia particularly enjoys working on books because they are, for her, like small pieces of theatre. Her favourite genre to work with is poetry, and her inspiration comes from all around.

“There is a wildwood spirit about Olivia's work. She seems to be in touch with an inventiveness that everyday life knocks out of most people, as we toil through adulthood. She knows it's not easy to keep that spirit alive, and consequently there is a determined joy in her work, a playfulness with hidden gravity.

Animals and children are Olivia's touchstones, all living creatures in fact, in their various landscapes. There are some imagined beasts too, but living ones triumph. Olivia calls herself ‘an untaught artist and accidental illustrator’. Perhaps that's her secret. Her work speaks to everyone, unforced, and full of soul.” -Kathleen Jamie, poet.

Artists Olivia Lomenech Gill

09 06 2019 19:00—21:00
Where Krizik E