A freelance Illustrator currently based in Reigate, Surrey, Gemma Cotterell she describes herself as a mummy & Bowie idoliser.
“I hand draw on paper, go over with a fine-liner, then colour with acrylic paint. In the past I have worked digitally but find it more satisfying to create a unique piece using pens and paint. I love bright uncompromising colour, black outlines and lately have started using detailed pattern in my work.
I graduated from Southampton Institute with a degree in Illustration in 2003 and then decided to travel the world. Recently my work has been more influenced by this, especially the pink/orange colour clashes I’m using reference heavily my travels in India. I love music and grew up listening to a lot of Bowie, Hendrix and Zeppelin which never fail to inspire me. I have always been a huge Pop Art fan, especially the works of Andy Warhol and David Hockney.”
I currently have a piece displayed at the Not For Rental Project charity exhibition at 71a Gallery in Shoreditch which is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and Art Against Knives.