An editorial cartoonist,  illustrator and comics artist, my drawings are dark, spiky and detailed. They tend towards social commentary and satire. 

 

From 2017-2020 I was the staff cartoonist for The Times Literary Supplement, producing a weekly full-page cartoon and the occasional cover. My work has also featured on multiple other platforms, including The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, The New Statesman, The Evening Standard, The Jewish Chronicle, El Pais,  Elephant Magazine, YesMagazine, Quest Journal,  WHIP Zine and Orbital Magazine.

 

Solo exhibitions of my drawings have been held at Christie's, London (2019) and The French Cultural Institute, London (2019). My work was also featured in the exhibition Jew(ish) Cartoons: Drawing from the Collection, London (2018).  In 2017 I was named the BCA’S Young Cartoonist of the Year (in the under 30s category) and  In 2016 I was awarded the Ronnie Payne Prize for Journalism for my work as the staff cartoonist at Cherwell. For the past two years, I’ve been nominated for The British Political Cartoon Awards, and had my work collected in the annual compendium of Britain’s Best Political Cartoons. 

 

In a slightly more whimsical hand, I’ve illustrated two books (‘Genius & Ink’ by Virginia Woolf and ‘Hero’ by Lee Child) and designed the covers for two others Shakespeare’s Others in 21st-century European Performance (Arden Shakespeare Collection, Bloomsbury 2021) and William Shakespeare's Brexit: A Political Sh*tstorm in Five Acts (Bonnier Books, 2019). In 2018 I animated the BBC4 documentary Abducted presented by Katherine Rundell.

 

With my drawings, I hope to show people their world from a different perspective. I love interviewing someone to illustrate their testimony, and have drawn three such graphic reportage projects for The Guardian.  These  have ranged in focus from the UK student mental health crisis to the experience of sexual assault in Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut. 

 

I’ve also collaborated repeatedly with the NGO Médecins Sans Frontières, most recently on a nine-page comic about the difficulties in accessing maternity care in the remote region of Pibor, South Sudan. Because of the difficulties in accessing their maternity care hospital, MSF had to airdrop me and her sketchbook in by helicopter. The comic is still awaiting release after delays caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Now 25, I grew up with a stylus in hand; a born digital artist. I have a First in English Literature from Oxford, somewhat to my surprise given my thesis focused entirely on the spaces between a comics’ panels. Fulfilling all the clichés, I live in a warehouse in East London

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