About Kristjana S Williams


United Kingdom

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
Claire Meadows

Rise Art Prize Judge Claire Meadows says:

"Kristjana’s work is everything I look for in contemporary illustration. Aside from being technically brilliant, her use of colour for impact as second to none. I will be keeping a very close eye on her progress from here."

Kristjana S Williams

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