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All artwork on this site is © Robert Ramsden 2017 no part of these images may be used, modified or distributed, unless authorized to do so by Robert Ramsden.

I spent much of my early creative life producing artwork for comic-books, paintings, screen prints and merchandise; self publishing Slouch (with Pete Fowler & Tom Barwick), and Teevey (solo), which was turned into a cartoon series for the Latin American TV station ‘Locomotion’; and contributing to anthologies ‘Scenes from the Inside’ and ‘Crisp’. The whole decade was based on DIY and self publishing.

Selected Clients:
Tate Publishing; Walker Books; BBC (CBBC, CBeebies); Vodafone; Virgin Media; Sony Creative; Barclays; Def-Stare Records; Smoke & Mirrors 48hr comp; Blue Yonder; Times2; You Magazine; Locomotion Channel; The Lark Festival (Suffolk), Reed Publishing; Plan B magazine; Greenpeace; C-scape; Careless Talk costs Lives magazine; FlyCasual Records; The Cinemateque Brighton; Bartle Bogle Hegarty (Agency); Conker Design (Agency); Synergy Art (Agency)


Children’s Picture books.
In 2011, I enrolled on the MA in Children’s Book Illustration (Cambridge School of Art) to explore story telling in picture books.

Seemed like a simple(ish) plan, learn how to apply illustration to children’s picture book publishing: get to know the format! Little did I know just how physical that format is. The pages, the paper, the gutter, the edge of the page all began asking “explore me!”, so I did. I let the fabric of the book become part of the story telling. My diploma review question was: How has the physical form of the book used as a narrative device? This in turn helped me to develop several book projects.

I’m a long time fan of animation (and became an animator myself). I’ve thought about how it must have been a wonderful moment when Otto Messmer, the animator of Felix the Cat, animated Felix’s tail jumping into the air where at first it transforms into a ‘?’ which Felix then grabs and uses as a sword – Felix is seen to embrace the form in which he inhabits! It’s certainly enjoyable to watch all these years later. This, perhaps, sheds some light on why I have played with the book format while developing picture books.

I graduated from the MA in 2014 (Distinction) and I continue working on new picture book projects.

Exhibitions:
2017 The Big Screen (Sci-Fi edition) (Group) Abbygate Cinema, Bury St Edmunds.
2017 Paperback (Group), Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich.
2016 Growing Up Wild (Group), Broadway Letchworth Gallery, London.
2015 Hidden In Plain Sight, The Gallery at NUA, Norwich.
2014 Macmillan Prize exhibition (Highly Commended) Group Show, The Coningsby Gallery, London.
2013 'Picture book of Tomorrow' Group show, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
2013 MA Show Group show, The Candid Arts Trust Gallery, London.
2012 The Asylum Studio Gallery Annual Show Group show, Woodbridge, Suffolk
2012 The Searle Award, Group show, Cambridge.
2011 Ghosts of Gone Birds, Group show, London (also included in accompanying catalogue).
2010 The Lark (Campsae Ashe): Artwork/live performance for Shadow Play ‘The Silent Kid’
2009 Ambush Cinema: Artwork / cut-out’s to accompany shadow performance.
2008 The Lockside Solo exhibition (paintings and prints) London
2004-05 Astas Romas International Group exhibitions. Argentina
2003-04 Philtre Gallery Group & Solo exhibitions . Brighton
2002 Laforet Museum: ‘Smile’ Group exhibition. Japan.

Lecturing:
University of Suffolk (Lecturer: BA Graphic Design/Graphic Illustration) (since 2016)
Norwich University of the Arts (Visiting Lecturer: BA Animation) (since 2012 ongoing)
University Campus Suffolk ~ Great Yarmouth (Course Leader: FdA Commercial Arts Practice) (2012-2016)
Plymouth University (Associate Lecturer: BA Illustration) (2012-2016)
Falmouth University (Visiting Lecturer: MA Authorial Practice) (2010-12)