Join us as we launch a new exhibition featuring the work of three artists from Middlesex University's MA Children's Book Illustration and Graphic Novels programme.
Elena Topouzoglou has spent her time from a very young age painting and drawing. Her education at the Rhode Island School of Design and Vancouver Film School led her to build a career as a Visual Effects Compositor. Over the last 10 years, she has worked on the Oscar-winning movies Gravity and Hugo, and many other films including Beauty and the Beast, Paddington and Harry Potter.
Originally from Greece, she now resides in London. Elena has lived in Vancouver, New York, Oslo, Melbourne, Paris and Florence and is married to a Norwegian Visual Effects Artist. The birth of her son, Nicholas, inspired her to push her passion for drawing towards further artistic growth at Middlesex University, earning her a Master's in Children's Book Illustration.
Elena's first picture book Mr. Pegg'sPost, will be published next year.
Alia Baghdadi is a freelance illustrator. After studying marketing in Saudi Arabia and graduating in January 2014, Alia kept on practising drawing and painting. She won two drawing contests in Jeddah, and her inspirational tutor, Dorothy Boyer, motivated her to pursue what she really loves. In 2016 she began her MA in Children’s Book Illustration and Graphic Novels at Middlesex University. Recently she was commissioned to make a greeting for Movenpick ice cream in Saudi Arabia, and she also produced a little book about the life of Unity Mitford.
Michael O'Brien is an illustrator from North London. His work has been featured by the likes of Gallery Nucleus (Los Angeles), Bishop's Stortford Museum, Light Grey Art Lab (Minnesota), Mundial Magazine and the Time Online.
He works both traditionally and digitally. This year he has been creating graphic novels and children's books with the hope of having them published in the near future.