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JOSEPH NAMARA HOLLIS

Joseph@josephhollis.com              www.josephhollis.com             +44 (0) 7445531162             @josephnamara

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I’m originally from Nottingham. I studied Graphic Arts and Design at Leeds Met. On graduation in 2009 I was shortlisted for the Northern Design Competition, Illustration category. Since then I’ve been working hard developing my illustration career whilst exploring other parts of the world and also working with children in nurseries and schools as well as with autistic adults. I love work that gives me the opportunity to communicate, learn and broaden the mind – this also includes ongoing work with a physicist to illustrate the complex ideas of Quantum physics!


Where possible I like to infuse my illustrations with a sense of fun. Joy is contagious so when the illustration process is joyful it shows in the work. Play is at the heart of my process - letting the imagination run free with whatever is at my fingertips. I work with colourful monoprint textures and dip pen and ink. I am fascinated by creating alternative worlds teeming full of intrigue, action and mischief. Whether through character or narrative, I aspire to create work with warmth and affection that reflects our human quirks and idiosyncrasies and that ultimately spreads a sense of well-being.

My time at Cambridge school of art has been exciting, challenging and has provided great inspiration for my future illustration career - and life.

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