Claudia Chinyere Akole
Claudia Chinyere Akole is an illustrator, cartoonist, designer, and junior animator based in Sydney, Australia.

claudia.akole@gmail.com

About

Claudia Chinyere Akole is an illustrator, cartoonist, designer, and junior animator based in Sydney, Australia.

Claudia Chinyere Akole

Claudia Chinyere Akole (@claudinsky) is an exhibiting artist, freelance illustrator, designer, animator, and cartoonist based in Sydney, Australia (traditional lands of the Gadigal and Wangal peoples of the Eora Nation).

She works as a graphic designer in TV broadcast, teaches comic-making workshops to high school students from migrant and refugee backgrounds through the NSW organization STARTTS, and creates illustrations and comics in her personal practice. She's an art hag who bleeds pink — and a notorious crybaby with work that tends to cover cultural identity, loneliness, abstraction, and mental health.

Claudia has established the Tracing Paper Comix style, which involves creating final comic art traditionally using paint markers on multiple layers of tracing paper. Her general visual signature is comprised of bold block colour and abstract line work rendered by hand predominantly in paint and marker mediums.

Claudia is also a part of the organizing team for Read To Me — Sydney’s live graphic storytelling event.


FEATURES

Featured Exhibition on Life Without Andy — SEPTEMBER 2019

Featured Artist on The All Story — JULY 2019

Featured Artist on SHEER WORLDWIDE — APRIL 2019

Featured Cartoonist on Cartoonists of Color Database — SEPTEMBER 2018

Featured Cartoonist on Queer Cartoonists Database — SEPTEMBER 2018


SUBMISSION

ANOMALY ART JOURNAL — COMIC CONTRIBUTED
SEPTEMBER 2019

BRAG MAGAZINE Q3 COVER ART — ILLUSTRATION CONTRIBUTED
SEPTEMBER 2019

READ TO ME (Refugee Art Project x New Moon) — COMIC CONTRIBUTED
JUNE 2019

HAG MAGAZINE ISSUE #1 — COMIC CONTRIBUTED
APRIL 2019

THE LIFTED BROW 41 — ILLUSTRATION CONTRIBUTED
MARCH 2019

MEET ME IN THE PIT ISSUE #2 — COMIC CONTRIBUTED
NOVEMBER 2018

UTS VERTIGO VOL 4 (2018) — COMIC CONTRIBUTED
JULY 2018

READ TO ME — COMIC CONTRIBUTED
JULY 2018

COURTNEY BARNETT — ILLUSTRATED POSTER DESIGN
MAY 2018

THE LIFTED BROW 38 — ILLUSTRATION CONTRIBUTED
MAY 2018

2 THE FRONT ZINE — ILLUSTRATION CONTRIBUTED
APRIL 2018

VERTIGO VOL 2 (2018) — COMIC CONTRIBUTED
MARCH 2018

BRAINWAVE CAFE — RESTLESS WALL MURAL
FEBRUARY 2017

VERTIGO VOL 4 (2017) — ILLUSTRATION CONTRIBUTED
AUGUST 2017

EXHIBITION

RESTLESSNESS — SOLO SHOW
GOODSPACE GALLERY, CHIPPENDALE — SEPTEMBER 2019

RESTLESSNESS was Claudia Chinyere Akole’s first solo exhibition, which showcased her hand-drawn illustration, cartooning, and design practice. RESTLESSNESS was a glimpse into full-scale original drawings, illustrations, comic art, Tracing Paper Comix, hand-drawn type, and their associated process material including comic pencils, sketches, and drafts.

HAG MAGAZINE ISSUE #1 LAUNCH SHOW
GOODSPACE GALLERY, CHIPPENDALE — APRIL 2019

Two pages of comic art contributed to the launch show for the Hag Magazine Issue #1 launch. Curated by The Art Hags (chief editors Georgette Stefoulis and Ella Sanderson).

MEET ME IN THE PIT ISSUE #2 LAUNCH SHOW
GOODSPACE GALLERY, CHIPPENDALE — NOVEMBER 2018

Three pages of comic art (originals and print versions) contributed to the launch show for the Meet Me In The Pit Comic Anthology Issue #2 launch. Curated by Chris Neill.

B.T.W. BETWEEN TWO WORLDS GROUP EXHIBITION
FREDA’S/DOWN UNDER SPACE, CHIPPENDALE — MAY 2018

Illustrated and written material from the pre-production stages of the short animated film ‘Mama-Jon’ were contributed to the Between Two Worlds group exhibition based on the theme of multicultural identity in Australia.

LUCKY I’M A LADY GROUP EXHIBITION
GOODSPACE GALLERY, CHIPPENDALE — AUGUST 2017

Two illustrated posters were contributed to the Lucky I’m a Lady all-women charity group exhibition, curated by Martina Martian.

ILLUSTRATED RIGHTS GROUP EXHIBITION
GOODSPACE GALLERY, CHIPPENDALE — FEBRUARY 2017

An illustrated poster was contributed to the Illustrated Rights charity group show, based on the theme of the 2017 Women’s Marches, and curated by Synsoc (Synergy Society). All proceeds of works sold were donated to Planned Parenthood.

PUT IT ON WAX GROUP EXHIBITION
AMBUSH GALLERY, CHIPPENDALE — AUGUST 2016

Illustrated material was contributed to the Put It On Wax charity group exhibition, curated by Lord Street Collective. All proceeds of works sold were donated to local charity Heaps Decent.


EDUCATION

Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication
Western Sydney University (WSU) 2012-2014

Bachelor of Design in Animation
University of Technology Sydney (UTS) 2014-2017

Bachelor of Design in Animation (Honours)
University of Technology Sydney (UTS) 2018 (half year)

Research

Claudia has been a design-based Research Assistant in the field of Design and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) in Social Robotics through University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and Honda Research Institute, Japan (HRI-JP). 2018-2019.

The prototypical social robot ‘Haru (春)’ is a joint research project between Honda Research Institute, Japan and 20+ universities and organizations from all over the world, operating as the Socially Intelligent Robotics Consortium (SIRC) group.


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