Owen Gildersleeve

All of Owen Gildersleeve’s work is handcrafted using paper and found objects – but then he photographs and digitally edits it to produce unique work for clients such as the Tate, Cadbury, the Guardian and Scientific American.

“At school I dabbled in as many mediums as I could lay my hands on, including photography, painting, collage and sculpture. As my work progressed, I wanted to make sure I kept utilising as many of these interests as possible. So, inevitably, my style fell into the world of mixed media.”

Owen Gildersleeve used a range of photographs for his cover illustration for the Guardian’s G2 supplement about pop-up stores

Owen, who references tactile artists such as Anselm Kiefer and Cy Twombly, starts by creating a round of sketches and mock-ups of his intended piece so he can work through ideas and how he wants to assemble it.

Although the piece will be based quite strongly on the sketches, Owen usually experiments still during the assembly stage, playing with the forms and composition.

Illustration for US edition of Wired

Finally, Owen photographs the finished piece with his Nikon D5000 camera and edits it in Photoshop.

“The image-editing process is normally quite time-consuming as I want to make sure that the colours and textures are all correct,” he explains. owengildersleeve.com