I am an artist who travels freely and fluidly between different artistic mediums.
My textiles, illustrations and animations have been described in many ways
but I like to think of them as playful and vibrant. I have worked on projects internationally
and have aquired awards along the way. I grew up in London, and live in New York
but my work inhabits a place that can’t be found on a map.
I have created ‘moving paintings’ for live stage projection at the Manhattan
Theatre Club and the Guthrie Theatre Lab, animated films for HBO TV, PBS Public TV,
Sesame Street and for film festivals worldwide. I design exclusive silk scarves and
art pieces for the Metropolitan Opera, I was awarded the Tom Phillips
Drawing Prize in London and my first book ‘Granita Magic’ — a glittering marriage
of art and food — was featured in Oprah Magazine as a nine page spread.
I am currently working on an illustrated graphic story involving food.
Illustration and Textiles
The Metropolitan Opera House commissions me each season with
watercolors and new textile designs inspired by their upcoming repertoire.
My textile clients include Neiman Marcus, Henri Bendels, Barneys,
Intermix, Cole Haan, Liberty of London and Harrods amongst others.
The Guggenheim Museum commissioned me to create a series of textile prints
inspired by their permanent collection. I designed a collection
of silk scarves and ties for Radio City Music Hall inspired by elements of their Art Deco
interior and was chosen by Absolut Vodka to design textiles and illustrations
under the name Absolut Roden. My paintings, including portraits of Lincoln, Beethoven
and Strauss are in the private collections of RCA Victor and BMG Classics whom
I have also designed CD covers for. My paintings and illustrations
are in the collections of Absolut Vodka, the MOMA’s picture library
and on the walls of various private collectors.
My award-winning animations have been shown at film festivals
worldwide. I have directed and animated films for HBO TV, PBS and
Sesame Street international and have directed and animated three highly successful
TV commercials for Publicis advertising agency. I created animation
for live stage projection for the comic opera ‘Naked Revolution’by David Soldier
commissioned by the Walker Arts Center and Guthrie Theatre Lab in Minneapolis.
I designed an opera in a box for the Kitchen Theatre in NYC
and animated backdrops for Drowning Crow at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
My book ‘Granita Magic’ (Artisan) is a combination of both decorative design
and original recipes. It was nominated for a World Gourmand Cookbok Award
and garnered critical acclaim. I was featured on the Martha Stewart Show
and CBS’s The Early Show — making ices from my book. Oprah Magazine
featured my work in a nine-page spread. Vogue and Food & Wine have also
featured my work with art and food. I illustrated Alastair Chisholm’s
nonsense poems ‘Diving for Bananas’ and love to dream up delicious
ice cream flavors under the name ‘Lily Lolly’ The New York Lolly.
ASIFA Film Festival, 1st Prize Charles Samu Award
Black Maria Film Festival Director’s Choice Award
Ann Arbor Film Festival Audience Prize
Tom Phillips Drawing Prize
Winsor & Newton landscape painting prize
The Metropolitan Opera House
Radio City Music Hall
The Guggenheim Museum
PBS Public Television
Publicis Advertising House
BMG and RCA Victor Classics
Barneys New York
Liberty of London
BFA in Fine Art Painting – Camberwell College of Art, London
MA Textile design – Central Saint Martins, London
Post Grad Diploma in Film – NYU, New York