Matt Lee

Artist, Illustrator, Design Consultant, Educator

Level
Mid Level
Location
London, United Kingdom
Availability
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  • Artist, Illustrator, Design Consultant, Educator
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    illustrator, painter

About me

In a professional career that extends across 18 years I have worked predominantly as an Artist, Freelance Illustrator, Educator, Design Consultant and Project Manager. I have recently returned to the UK after working in India for the past 10 years as a Lecturer within the Visual Communication department at Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology in Bangalore. Prior to living in India, I worked as an illustrator in London for a variety of prestigious editorial, publishing and advertising clients. In the past, I have been an Associate Lecturer on the MA Fine Art Digital (online) course at Camberwell College of Arts. More recently I have worked as a Design Consultant for the Deccan Herald newspaper in Bangalore. I hold an MA in Visual Arts: Digital Arts from Camberwell College of Arts and a BA (Hons) in Design: Illustration from Plymouth University. Illustration clients include: Afar Media | Atelier Works | Bacardi NH7 Weekender | BBC | British Airways | Caspian Media | Cedar Communications | Centaur Publishing | Computer Arts | Craik Jones | Creative Review | Don’t Panic Media | Goldfish | Lowe Worldwide | FT | HSBC | Mongrel | MTV | Orange | Ocean Media | Paperwhite Studio | Reed Business Information | Rubber Studios | Shots Magazine | TES | The AOI | The Guardian | The Independent | The Times | Time Out | Unanimous

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Skills

  • Graphic Design
  • Art Direction
  • Children’s Books
  • Arts Education
  • Creative Direction
  • Project Management
  • Creative Consultancy
  • Illustration
  • Digital Arts
  • Lecturing

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

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    Self-employed

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      Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology

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        Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India

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          Deccan Herald, The Printers Mysore Ltd.

          Work history

          Currently

          Faculty, Visual Communication Design / Contemporary Art Practice

          Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India

          Apr 2003
          • Bengaluru, India
          • Full Time
          • • Project leader and art director for client projects and labs. • Taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Visual Communication, Illustration and Contemporary Art Practice. • Responsibilities: Co-developing and managing curriculum, project budgets, tutee mentorship, field trips, student and faculty interviews, liaising with industry, writing research proposals, end of semester reports, course outlines, timetables, student assessments and references.

          Currently

          Visual Artist & Illustrator

          Self-employed

          Aug 1997
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • • Clients include: Bacardi NH7, BBC, British Airways, Caspian Media, Cedar Communications, Centaur Publishing, Goldfish, Lowe Worldwide, FT, HSBC, MTV, Orange, Radio Times, TES, The Association of Illustrators, The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, Time Out. • Featured books: AVA Publishing, Society of Artists Agents, Collins Design, Gestalten, The AOI. • Exhibited extensively across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Mall Galleries in London and the Alliance Française in Delhi. • Contributed texts/ articles to Computer Arts magazine, Design Bureau magazine, Design Exchange magazine, Journal of Illustration, Kyoorius magazine, Tasveer Journal, The Hindu and The Association of Illustrators Journal. • Interviewed by iF World Design Guide, NY Arts, Platform magazine, The Indian Express, The Sunday Guardian and featured in Colour’s Magazine, Creative Review and It’s Nice That.

          2012

          Sep 2011 - Oct 2012
          • Bengaluru, India
          • Freelance
          • • Provided creative direction inputs to one of India’s most widely read newspapers. • Evaluated the brand and design of visual content across the papers and supplements. • Presented reports to the editorial board on the design team’s capabilities, systemic processes, organisational dynamics, sta ng levels and benchmarking for each position. • Led the process of sourcing and hiring senior design talent.

          2011

          Curator and Co-organiser, ‘The Itinerant Illustrator’, Symposium and Exhibition

          Illustration Research Network UK, hosted by Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore

          Mar 2011 - Apr 2011
          • Bengaluru, India
          • Full Time
          • • Curated an exhibition of 33 international artists alongside Anna Bhushan and Alison Byrnes. • Worked with a team of undergraduate and postgraduate students to develop the exhibition display and navigation, symposium branding and communication collaterals. • Session chair for ‘Imaginary Places’ discussion panel.

          2010

          Project Manager, Treasured Islands Book Design Project

          ANET, Dakshin, Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology

          Nov 2009 - Mar 2010
          • Bengaluru, India
          • Full Time
          • • Collaboration between Srishti, ANET, Dakshin and the Department of Education Andaman & Nicobar Islands. • Worked with 16 undergraduate Visual Communication students to design and illustrate an environmental education teaching resource for government schools in the Andaman Islands.

          2009

          Nov 2008 - Aug 2009
          • Bengaluru, India
          • Full Time
          • • Worked with undergraduate and postgraduate students to create books and interactive story apps that were written, designed and illustrated specifically for the Indian child reader. • Stories developed in this lab were purchased and published by Tulika and Pratham Books.

          2011

          Associate Lecturer, MA Fine Art Digital (Online)

          Feb 2008 - Mar 2011
          • Freelance
          • • Facilitated online text chats and provided mentorship to postgraduate students. • Topics: The ecology of openness, action research and the role of blogs in reflective practice.

          2008

          Project Leader, Pratham Books Lab

          Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology

          Jan 2008 - Aug 2008
          • Bengaluru, India
          • Full Time
          • • Year-long collaboration with Pratham Books – India’s largest children’s book publisher. • Worked with 21 Diploma Art & Design students to develop innovative forms of low cost reading material for underprivileged children, which were fun, interactive and intuitive. • Outcome: Delivered viable alternatives to standardised book form that allowed the client to diversify the design and dissemination of good quality reading material across the country.

          2005

          Drawing and Printmaking Workshop Facilitator

          Drishya Education Movemen

          Dec 2004 - Jan 2005
          • Bengaluru, India
          • Freelance
          • • Month-long voluntary position working with children aged 9-14 from slums in Bangalore. • Outcome: A screen printed calendar that raised funds for the school and their initiatives.

          2005

          Coordinator, Foundation Art & Design programme

          Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology

          Nov 2004 - Sep 2005
          • Bengaluru, India
          • Full Time
          • • Provided administrative support to the dean and head of programme. • Collaborated in building the programme’s pedagogical base and timetabling courses.

          2004

          Project Leader, Pandita Ramabai Book Design Project

          Niranta, Srishti Institute of Art Design & Technology

          Jun 2004 - Sep 2004
          • Bengaluru, India
          • Full Time
          • • Collaboration between Srishti and Nirantar – an NGO for gender and education in Delhi. • Worked with 4th year Visual Communication students to research, design and illustrate a book in Hindi on the life of Pandita Ramabai, an eminent Indian activist and social reformer. • Created a high-quality digital archive of historically important texts and photographs from Ramabai’s personal library.

          2002

          Aug 2000 - Aug 2002
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • • Created over 100 illustrations for Peter Aspden's weekly art and culture column. • Produced conceptual editorial illustrations to a consistent high quality while working to very tight production deadlines.

          Education

          2007

          MA Visual Arts: Digital Arts

          Aug 2005 - Aug 2007
          • London, United Kingdom

          1997

          BA (Hons) Design: Illustration

          Plymouth University

          Aug 1994 - May 1997
          • Exeter, United Kingdom

          Awards

          2010

          Professional Preparation Masters Award

          Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)