Hello, I'm Kirsten!
I'm a visual artist and illustrator currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. At the moment I divide my time between having exhibitions of my personal work, doing commercial illustration and making children's picture books.
Please feel free to contact my representative gallery, Salon91 in Cape Town, for any enquiries regarding the availability of original artwork, as well as upcoming exhibition dates. At this stage I am not selling digital prints of my work nor taking on private commissions.
For enquiries regarding illustration projects and commercial work please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. This includes illustration for advertising, editorial, corporate, merchandise, social media and picture book projects. I am always open to discussing things that don't fall into those categories.
My Instagram account serves as my visual diary and is where I post snapshots of my day-to-day life and inspiration, work in progress, and sketchbook entries.
I don't always see messages on my Instagram, Facebook or Behance accounts so I prefer that you communicate with me via email.
2017 - Saturn Return, a solo exhibition at Salon91; The Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91; 2016 - The Spirit of Stern, group show at the Irma Stern Museum; Oracle, a group exhibition at Salon91; Leap Year, an online exhibition; You Are Here, a solo exhibition at Salon91; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91 2015 – The Middle of Nowhere, a solo exhibition at Salon91; The Middle of Nowhere, Canadian Edition, a solo exhibition at the Alison Milne Gallery, Toronto, Canada; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91. 2014 – Golden Haze, a group show at Salon91; Paper is You II, group exhibition at Salon91. 2013 – Aurora, all-female illustration group exhibition at Salon91; Emerging Creative at Design Indaba.
Selected Commercial Clients
The New Yorker, J.Crew, Anthropologie, Ann Taylor, Airbnb, L'Officiel, Mail & Guardian (South Africa), Emirates Woman Magazine, Estee Lauder,
Balthazar the Great: Portuguese - Orfeu Negro, French – Hélium; English – Frances Lincoln; Polish – Kocur Bury; Simplified Chinese – Guomai Culture & Media
What medium do you work in? I predominantly work in acrylic and ink. Occasionally I'll use gouache or watercolour and sometimes I'll add collage elements and pencil marks to the mix too. Everything I do is by hand; I generally only use photoshop as a tool to crop and clean an image or to combine hand painted type and illustrative elements.
Are you an artist or an illustrator? I am both. My formal training is in Applied Design, specializing in Illustration but somewhere along the line I discovered that I really loved painting too. I find that the two avenues of working feed into each other. I see myself as an illustrator who paints.
What/where did you study? I graduated with a BA in Applied Design, specializing in Illustration, at the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography in 2011. In 2014 I completed an Honours degree in Illustration at the Stellenbosch University.
I kindly ask that you get my permission first if you wish to share or feature any of my work online.
All images copyright © Kirsten Sims 2017