We’re a multidisciplinary studio made up of artists, designers, creatives, and craftsmen. We create and curate bespoke artworks, installations, and schemes for our clients using art as a vehicle for storytelling and brand expression.
By blending in-house creation with external curation and amplifying the results through custom activations, we can help you celebrate your culture and identity in any space whilst supporting the arts at both a global and local scale.
What we do
Our studio is made up of three complementary divisions. Sometimes they work collectively. Other times independently. It depends on what’s right for the project.
Joy of expression
We exist to celebrate and harness the joy of creative expression through our people, partners and projects.
Lead with love
From the way we treat each other, our clients and our partners to the way we pour ourselves into our work, love is our guide.
Be the game
We’ve never really fit in. We do our thing the way our instincts tell us and let the process drive the outcome. We don’t try to be anyone but ourselves.
Best in class
We’re here to do our best work and offer the best service. We never cut corners and always play nicely. We make things in the right way and enjoy the journey.
James is an award-winning artist, creative director and entrepreneur, and the founder of Acrylicize. He plays an active role in the studio, collaborating on projects for many of our clients. James is a practicing artist, writes for the Huffington Post, and performs as a professional drummer.
Paul has been leading the growth of the studio from the very beginning. Joining forces with founder James Burke back in their university days, Paul was responsible for our very first sale and helped launch Acrylicize in the US. He continues to lead the global expansion of the business today.
- John LenehanGlobal Accounts Director
- Emily FinnDirector
Charlie has been ‘creatively accounting’ within the design and advertising industry for over fifteen years. Currently completing the final stages of her CIMA qualification, Charlie’s spreadsheets are considered works of art in their own right. An avid crafter, she enjoys making a mess with her glue gun.
Gemma leads growth in the studio, helping us to build a diverse portfolio of projects. Working with world-leading organizations across multiple locations, she ensures the best possible outcome for any new partnerships. Originally from South East Asia, she loves to cook dishes that remind her of home.
Maria has worked at several different creative companies spanning digital products, advertising, tech, and PR. As our Head of Operations, she oversees the delivery of important internal projects. Her sole ambition outside of work is to sample every restaurant tasting menu on the planet.
- Chantelle PurcellLead Curator
Sean is an award-winning multidisciplinary visual artist. Alongside our founder James, he’s been involved in thousands of projects and continues to create unique art installations for some of the world’s biggest brands. Personal projects include creating an augmented reality art-based app.
Chris is a multidisciplinary designer with over a decades’ experience working with small start-ups and global brands. His meticulous research at the start of every project results in meaningful, unique, and impactful design solutions that help our clients share their stories and connect with their audiences.
Zoe is a fine artist and designer who uses her background in traditional art forms and conceptual thinking to create thought-provoking and socially engaging artworks and installations for clients including Spotify and Amazon. She’s currently writing her first novel and enjoys cuddles with her dog, Bear.
- Anna FarrallLead Designer
Kirstin worked for various architectural, branding and design studios in the UK before joining Acrylicize. Managing a breadth of projects from wayfinding to sculptural and lighting schemes, her main passion is for public and sustainable projects. Her other passions include motorbikes, sci-fi, and mochi.
Jack is an experienced project manager with a background spanning interior design, creative events, and shoot production. Combining creativity, efficiency, and attention to detail, he’s helped to lead a broad range of artistically-led projects for clients including Facebook, Netflix, and Twitter.
With a background in commercial design and fitout, bespoke fabrication, events, and set design, Matthew has worked across the architectural, retail, and cultural industries. Former clients include Moet Hennessy, Burberry, and Her Majesty the Queen. He enjoys any activity involving wheels.
Robin has worked in various creative, artwork, and production roles, helping to deliver concepts for brands around the world. He’s delivered everything from large-scale prints and fabrications to wayfinding and signage for clients including Spotify and Facebook. He loves food and family adventures.
Martin is an art curator specializing in supporting, realizing, and facilitating artists’ commissions, installations, and exhibitions. He helps the team create experimental but tailored solutions that span multiple disciplines, challenge existing practices, and demand new levels of ambition for artists.
A graduate of Fine Art, Fiona began her career working for non-profit arts organizations in New York. As our go-to person, she expertly handles everything from studio management and team culture to our founder James’ calendar. She loves traveling and cooking feasts for family and friends.
Becca began her career here as an intern. Fast forward four and a half years, and she’s now a Senior Creative working on a variety of projects both locally and globally. Representing brands through their values, beliefs, and stories is core to her creative approach. Becca’s other passions are films and gaming.
As Senior Graphic Designer for clients including Amazon and WPP, Anna works on a diverse number of projects from concept stage right through to completion. At work, she looks for creative solutions that connect people to place. Outside of work, she pursues her passion for typography.
With an interest in shape, color, and form, Lucy’s illustrative background has diversified to encompass 3D structurally-driven projects for clients like LinkedIn. She recently hosted and curated her own art exhibition, enjoys finding new materials to work with and is passionate about sustainability.
Alice is a multidisciplinary designer and maker with a focus on art direction and interactive and spatial design. Graduating with a degree in Painting from the University of Edinburgh, her work heroes narrative, experimentation, and craft. Her passions include printmaking, macrame, and plants.
Gavin is a multidisciplinary Graphic Designer with a background spanning visual identity, publication, wayfinding, exhibition, and digital design. Using an expressive and communicative design approach, he creates meaningful and long-lasting solutions for our clients. He also enjoys Hip Hop and triathlons.
Since graduating with a degree in Design from Goldsmiths University, Samantha has worked with brands to design and develop bespoke signage and 3D installations. She incorporates her passion for sustainability into her work for clients including Amazon and Spotify and enjoys growing veggies.
Sean takes ideas and concepts and develops them into feasible artwork solutions. Considering factors like environment and materials, he works closely with the creative team to ensure designs reach their full potential. Outside of work, Sean supports West Ham United and wins games of squash.
Connie is a multidisciplinary designer and content creator specializing in graphic design, illustration, and moving image. With a passion for brand identity and visual communication, she ensures coherent storytelling across all brand touchpoints and most recently played a crucial role in our rebrand.
A graduate of Fine Art, Gloria’s background spans a range of creative industries as well as finance. Currently studying for her ACCA qualification, she oversees much of the financial controls across our London, New York, and Seattle offices. She loves Sci-Fi, comic books, and superheroes.
Lindsay is a vital member of the Projects team, getting involved in all aspects of project coordination from formulating new business proposals right through project closeout. Before joining Acrylicize, she worked in various coordination roles in the creative industries. She loves traveling, music, and her two dogs.
Shannon helped launch our Seattle studio back in 2016 and currently oversees the growth and day-to-day activities of the business in North America. When she’s not focusing on her MBA at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, she enjoys scuba diving, swimming, and gardening.
Nicole has helped launch the NYC studio this year. She has multiple degrees in Fine Arts and Urban Design and has practiced Design for the past 17 years. When she’s not leading our teams and the studio she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, perfecting her Spanish and French, and making it her mission to understand new languages - Italian, Polish and Arabic to name a few - hopefully one day Japanese.
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- Oliver FrendCreative Director
As a registered architect, Michelle brings a wealth of hands-on experience to her role as Projects Director. She’s overseen some of our biggest builds for clients including WPP, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Spotify. When she’s not in a hard hat, she enjoys knitting, karaoke, and trying to teach herself Spanish.
Grace is an experienced project manager who thrives on coordinating timelines, managing budgets, and creating beautifully organized spreadsheets. When she’s not delivering creative and engineering-orientated projects for our clients, she enjoys running (slowly) and eating nice salads.
- Seth CranfordSenior Project Manager
Light artist. Beer brewer. Dog lover. Ian was the Design Lead on our projects for IDB Bank and Bloom House, amongst others. Always tinkering, building, and learning, his strengths lie in 3D design, lighting, computational art and design, and fabrication techniques. He adores sailing and all things spicy.
When he’s not designing things in our Seattle studio, this born and raised Pacific Northwesterner channels his energy into his other big passions: books, bikes, and beer. No stranger to screenprinting, woodcarving, or skiing, Sean’s hobbies also include thinking and breathing.
California-raised Nathalie has a passion for miniatures and stop motion animation. A graduate of the ArtCenter College of Design, she supports the team at every stage of the design process and has worked on projects for LinkedIn and Microsoft. She likes classic rock, rainy days, and good soup.
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R&D AND SELF-INITIATED PROJECTS
When an idea inspires us, we explore it. Swim School is a self-initiated work exploring the themes of collective expression, shared ownership and what can be considered ‘art’.
Diversity & inclusion
We’re committed to ensuring equal opportunities for anyone working with us or wanting to work with us. It’s not about doing what’s good for business, it’s about doing the right thing for our people, partners and clients, always. This includes our commitment to education.
We use our global network for good. Whether connecting people through art and creativity or championing partnerships with local craftspeople, we promote social and environmental responsibility in all we do.
This & that
A friendly and inclusive culture isn’t a nice-to-have. It’s who we are and the foundation of our entire studio. Here’s a glimpse behind the scenes.
OUR CHARITY COMMITMENT
Our platform for artists, by artists. A· R· T -- A Reason To -- is our exciting new initiative harnessing the power of art to drive positive social change. The concept is simple: raise proceeds for great causes and support participating artists through the sale of curated art collections.