Mr Jake Abrams

School: Design School
Position: Illustration Level 5 Co-ordinator


Jake Abrams is Principal Lecturer in Illustration & Animation at Kingston University, London, UK. He is a prolific practicing artist and illustrator working for Newspapers and magazines. He is a 'National Art & Design Media Fellow' in the UK and Kingston University Teaching Fellow.

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Research expertise

Illustration, Three Dimensional Illustration Ideas. Drawing.

Teaching areas & responsibilities

Idea Generation.
Narrative and Sequence.
Children's Book Illustration.
Life Drawing.
Level 5 BA (Hons) Illustration & Animation Co-ordinator

Professional activity

  • 2006 - presentHigher Education Academy Subject Centre for Art, Design & Media
  • 1998Visiting Professor, Hongik University, South Korea
  • 1990 - presentAssociation of Illustrators

Educational and professional qualifications

  • 1989MA in Communication Design Manchester Polytechnic
  • 1987BA(Hons) Graphic Design Kingston Polytechnic

Conferences & events

2010 - Syposium Creative Teaching and Learning Seminar- The University Of Sunderland ( HEA Sponsored Event)
2010 - Symposium presentation at the 'International Perspectives on Art and Design Pedagogy Conference' Leeds, UK
2010 - Symposium presentation on Virtual Learning Environment at the International Designs on E-learning Conference, Savannah, USA.
2007 – Symposium presentation on Virtual Learning Environment at the International Designs on E-learning Conference, London, UK.
2006 – Blackboard Innovations to Course Directors from across the University at the University Staff Development event.
2007 - 09 Artist in Residence of the London Sinfonietta.


2011 HOME - group exhibition of illustrations at the West Gallery, Isle of White.
2009 The Expanded Communication of Illustration, Group exhibition, Gallery Wooduk, Seoul, South Korea.
2009 Solo exhibitions, The Southbank Centre, Kings Cross/St Pancras, London Sinfonietta
2007 Z-A Exhibition, Knights Park, Kingston University
2006 Z-A Exhibition Galleri Breneriet, Oslo. Solo exhibition of original biographical prints
2005 Part of group Exhibition at the Conningsby gallery
1995 4 I's Exhibition curated and exhibited in an Exhibition, London Ecology Centre Gallery.
1989 Represented the UK in an International Artists Workshop in Botswana.


Professional Illustration Commissions (selection):
2010 - 'Bull-fighting'- Book Cover Illustration (Roddy Doyle, Vintage)
2009 - 'The Average Life of the Average Person' Cover and inside Illustrations (Tadg Farrington,Square Peg)
2009 - 'Flaubert's Parrot' Cover Illustration (Julian Barnes, Vintage)
2009 - FT Magazine. Illustrations
2009 - The Guardian. Newspaper Illustrations
2008-9 Spectator Magazine - Series of front cover illustrations and articles
2009 Director Magazine. Ongoing series of monthly editorial illustrations

Other Editorial Commissions:
Director Magazine; Times Educational Supplement, CNN Traveller Magazine, The Independent, Sunday Business, The Financial Times, The Times, Classic CD, Evo, BBC Top Gear, Accountancy Age
Creative Review. Monthly 'Brief Lives' strip for the back page.
Blueprint – a monthly illustration 'Awful Corner' commenting on Architecture and Design.
The New Statesman, Spectator, Men's Health, The Oldie, Observer, GQ, Punch, Design Week and Design Review

Children's Books:
Kick-Back Cover and inside Illustrations for Children's novel by Vivian French
Adult Bookcovers;
Hodder, Penguin, Carcenet, Picador, Macmillan and Random House.
Amnesty International Smile Bank,, Waterstone's and The Royal Mail. Aids Malawi, Holsten Pils.

Grants, funding and awards

  • 2009Awarded a National Art & Design & Media Teaching Fellowship
  • 2009Kingston University Teacher of the Year Award
  • 2006University Teaching Fellowship 'Ideas on ideas - how creative ideas are generated'
  • 2005University Research Award 'How LMS systems can enhance Studio Practice'
  • 1990New York Communication Arts Gold Award for Royal Mail 'Letterbox' books

Research groups & programmes


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Abrams, Jake [Artist] and Jones, Margaret [Artist] (2015) Loss. (sculpture).


Abrams, Jake [Artist] (2016) Chaired by ... Chaired by ... .

Abrams, Jake [Artist] (2008) Synaesthetic objections. London Sinfonietta at 40. .

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