About Kristjana S Williams
Lives and Works:
London, United Kingdom
About the artist
Kristjana Williams is an Icelandic artist who illustrates exotic flora and fauna. Kristjana creates fantastical creatures by fusing butterflies, tropical birds and exotic plants. We love the artist’s intricate detail work and the effectiveness of her bold colouring. There is a touch of magic to her designs that we find irresistible!
Kristjana studied Design and Illustration at Central Saint Martin’s in London. Her work has soared in popularity over recent years, with commissions for the likes of British designer Paul Smith and Liberty - the well-known department store in London. Kristjana has also created installations for hotels and exhibition centres in Shanghai and Hong Kong.
The artist has been recognised for her work on the other side of the Atlantic too: Kristjana won the New York Festival Grand Prize and she was praised for her work in the New York Times.
Need to know
- Her murals have been featured at London's V&A museum and the Chanel Group and Paul Smith have bought her work
- Kristjana won the prestigious New York Festival Grand Prize & was Shortlisted at the Cannes Lions Festival
- The New York Times placed her at the forefront of what they call the 'New Antiquarian' movement
The Insider Rebecca Gordon says:
"Kristjana Williams is an award winning artist whose vibrant illustrations have gained her widespread critical acclaim and won her commissions from Liberty, Paul Smith and The Connaught Hotel to name a few. By interweaving fragments of Victorian engravings with contemporary illustration and colouring she creates magical landscapes filled with exotic creatures. "
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