Mr Geoff Grandfield
School: Design School
Position: Associate Professor and Course Director, BA(Hons) Illustration Animation
Associate Professor Geoff Grandfield is Course Director for BA Illustration Animation at Kingston University in parallel with being an award-winning illustrator working with major international clients since 1987.
After graduating from Royal College of Art his practice has focused on the communication of ideas, narrative and atmosphere influenced by the cinematography of film and the reductivism of modernist graphics.
His commissioned editorial illustrations for The Guardian, The New York Times and a year making a daily picture for The Times newspaper developed an economy of expression to complete assignments in less than 3 hours.
His work for fiction book covers (series of novels by Walter Mosley and George Pelecanos, audio books by John Le Carre) developed into fully illustrated box sets for the Folio Society. Two editions of Graham Greene (1996 and 1998), Raymond Chandler's novels and short stories (2000, 2006, 2007) and for Mary Renault's The Alexander Trilogy (2013). The Folio have also commissioned illustration series and cloth bindings for non-fiction titles (Touching the Void 2008 and No Cloak No Dagger 2011).
A permanent exhibition of triptych lightboxes, wall friezes and etched and enamelled exterior panels visually narrating 800 years of the Crown and symbols of power was commissioned in 2011 for The Historic Royal Palaces display of the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.
He has been awarded the Association of Illustrators Gold for book illustration five times, the overall Professional Award in 2014, two Yellow Pencils for D&AD and the V&A Illustration Award.
As an educator he has lead the BA Illustration Animation at Kingston (since 2006) and was awarded 3x3 Publishing Educator of the Year 2014.
As co-founder of 'Mokita' the illustration forum (since 2010), he has campaigned for the greater recognition of Illustration as a subject and its important contribution to international visual culture.
Research interests draw upon the fields of mass visual communication and narrative forms. From his illustration practice particular themes have emerged such as the visual interpretation and representation of power through narrative communication and the significance of place and memory in creative visualisation.
He is currently supervising PhD's on the significance and effectiveness of illustration in communication, social function, environment and mythology.
Teaching areas & responsibilities
Contact teaching across each level of undergraduate, with particular emphasis on level 6. The strategy and development of assignments and workshops, from key techniques in idea generation to professional practice and presentation.
Particular input in contextual and historical studies at level 5.
- 2015 - presentUniversity of Worcester - External panel member, revalidating BA(Hons) Illustration
- 2014 - 2017University of West of England - External Examiner BA(Hons) Illustration
- 2013London College of Communication, University of the Arts, External panel member validating MA Illustration & Visual Media
- 2013The Open University, Hull School of Art - External panel member, validating BA(Hons) Illustration
- 2012University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham - External panel member, validating BA(Hons) Illustration
- 2012 - 2016University of Brighton - External Examiner, MA Narrative & Sequential Illustration
- 2012 - 2015Leeds Metropolitan University - External Examiner BA(Hons) Graphic Design
- 2011University of the Arts, Camberwell, London - External Examiner, MA Visual Arts, Illustration/Designermaker/Graphic Design pathways
- 2010Solent University,Southampton, External panel member, validating BA(Hons) Illustration
- 2009Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah GA, USA, External validation event, panel member representing illustration
- 2009 - 2011Cardiff School of Art & Design, University of Wales - External Examiner, BA(Hons) Illustration
- 2008University College of Creative Arts, Maidstone Campus - validation panel, Fda Illustration
- 2007 - 2011University of the Arts Camberwell, London - External Examiner, BA(Hons) Illustration
- 2007Cardiff School of Art & Design, University of Wales - validation panel BA(Hons) Illustration
Educational and professional qualifications
- 1987Master of Arts (RCA) Illustration The Royal College of Art, London
- 1984Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Graphic Design (Illustration) (1st class) Maidstone College of Art, Kent
- 1981Diploma in Art and Design Foundation Studies Bristol Polytechnic, Bower Ashton, Bristol
Conferences & events
The Itinerant Illustrator Conference, Srishti School of Art and Design, Bangalore, India. Presented Paper 'Memory and Place in Illustration Practice'
'Style' Mokita3 Illustration Conference at Somerset House, London. Co-founder and co-host of third educational/industry event in collaboration with BA Illustration at Brighton and Camberwell.
'Chris Brown in conversation' guest interviewer on stage at House of Illustration.
Spatialising Illustration Conference, Swansea Metropolitan University. Presented Paper 'Illustration in Context'
University College for the Creative Arts, Maidstone - BA (Hons) Illustration – guest speaker
'Rob Ryan in conversation' guest interviewer on stage at Victoria & Albert Museum evening event.
'Sentimental' Mokita2 Illustration Conference at Somerset House, London
Grants, funding and awards
- 2014Educator of the Year Award 3x3 Publishing, New York, USA
- 2014AOI Awards, Professional Illustration Overall Jury Award
- 2014AOI Awards, Book Illustration Category Award
- 2009D&AD Annual, inclusion in illustration section
- 2009AOI Images 33 Annual, Book Section Gold Award
- 2005AOI Images 29 Annual, Cover
- 2003The Independent on Sunday, listed in 'the top ten Illustrators in Britain'
Research groups & programmes
Grandfield, Geoffrey [Illustrator] (2013) Cover design for DVD "Ministry of fear" directed by Fritz Lang (1944). (Illustration). New York, U.S.A. : The Criterion Collection.
Grandfield, Geoffrey [Illustrator] (2012) Cover design and 8 black and white illustrations for "No cloak, no dagger" by Benjamin Cowburn. (Book illustration). London, U.K. : The Folio Society.
Geoff, Grandfield [Illustrator] (2012) The Jewel House, The Tower of London Historic Royal Palace. (Exhibition narrative). The Jewel House, Tower of London : Historic Royal Palaces. Six 1.5 metre light boxes, 8 metre wide narrative panels, two full wall transfer 18 x 4 metres and a digital projection covering a wall 4 x 6 metres. 16 designed separate panels across four formats.
Grandfield, Geoffrey [Illustrator] (2008) Cover design and 8 black and white illustrations for "Touching the void" by Joe Simpson. (Book illustration). London, U.K. : The Folio Society.
Grandfield, Geoffrey [Illustrator] (2008) Cover design for DVD "Green for danger" directed by Sidney Gilliat, 1946. (Illustration). New York, U.S.A. : The Criterion Collection.
Grandfield, Geoffrey [Illustrator] (2008) Editorial illustrations in 'The Guardian' newspaper and 'Weekend' magazine. (Illustration). London, U.K. : Guardian Media Group.
Grandfield, G. (2006) Cover design and 12 full page illustrations for 'Trouble is my busines and other stories' by Raymond Chandler. (Book illustrations). London, UK : The Folio Society.
Grandfield, Geoff (2006) Cover design and 15 internal illustrations for ‘Trouble Is My Business’ by Raymond Chandler. (Book illustration). London : The Folio Society.
Grandfield, G. [Illustrator] (2005) Daily editorial illustration in 'Times 2' of The Times newspaper. (Illustration). London, UK : Times Newspapers Ltd.
Grandfield, G. (2002) Illustrated book covers for Penguin editions of Graham Greene novels including 'Brighton rock, 'Our man in Havana' and 'The ministry of fear'. (Book illustration). London, UK : Penguin Classic.