This year we’ve featured an incredible array of talented artists across multiple disciplines. So to end the year, we’re counting down to Christmas by revisiting a few of our favourite artist interviews from the last 12 months.

Keep checking back, we’ll peek behind the next door and reveal a new artist every day.

Merry Christmas from Zealous!

Luke Gray

Meet Luke, a colourblind illustrator whose creative evolution hinges on global experiences and exploration.

Influenced by texture and patterns, this multicultural artist celebrates diversity by representing his newest experiences and adventures in art, marrying curiosity with creativity, and observing the subtleties and stark differences between the peoples, traditions, and cultures around him.

Charlie Dennis

Meet Charlie, the definition of adaptable. Collaborative, colourful, and totally optimistic, he is an award-winning young director with credits including Spectre, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Charlie is not only a director, but an editor, cameraman, and sound designer. His wide skill set is a massive advantage in an industry as fast-paced and fluid as film.

Charlie Dennis

Meet Charlie, the definition of adaptable. Collaborative, colourful, and totally optimistic, he is an award-winning young director with credits including Spectre, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Charlie is not only a director, but an editor, cameraman, and sound designer. His wide skill set is a massive advantage in an industry as fast-paced and fluid as film.

Maisie Robinson

Meet Maisie, a bright and obsessive graphics and props designer with a penchant for film and TV, pink, and the 60s. (She worked on the set of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!).

Can design be cerebral and fun? Yes! We love Maisie’s unique perspective of the world around her – right down to its tiniest details.

Isaac Kariuki

Meet Isaac, a diamond in the rough who explores technology booms, gender, race, and social development through a variety of creative mediums including photography and writing.

Isaac asks big questions in bold ways and creates space for others to do the same. As the founding editor of Diaspora Drama, a contributor-based publication exploring people of colour (PoC) and online/tech culture, Isaac enables creative PoC around the world to participate in an ongoing dialogue about identity, purpose, art, technology… and much, much more.

Isaac Kariuki

Meet Isaac, a diamond in the rough who explores technology booms, gender, race, and social development through a variety of creative mediums including photography and writing.

Isaac asks big questions in bold ways and creates space for others to do the same. As the founding editor of Diaspora Drama, a contributor-based publication exploring people of colour (PoC) and online/tech culture, Isaac enables creative PoC around the world to participate in an ongoing dialogue about identity, purpose, art, technology… and much, much more.

Nataliia Kuznietsova

Meet Nataliia, a diverse and exciting performance and installation artist, painter, writer and videographer.

Nataliia puts sincere effort and thought into every detail of her complex multimedia projects, and often reflects on everyone but herself. We’re so pleased to have artists like Nataliia in the Zealous community, where multidisciplinary creators and their craft are free to bloom and thrive.

Nicola Gastaldi

Meet Nicola Gastaldi, the epitome of a self-taught, self-made artist. You will never hear him say, “Sorry, I don’t know how to do that.”

Nicola is anything but a one-trick animator – he’s also a musician, 3D and 4D artist, V-ray enthusiast, and projection expert. His groundbreaking projection mapping projects blur the boundaries between art, design, performance, and architecture.

Nicola Gastaldi

Meet Nicola Gastaldi, the epitome of a self-taught, self-made artist. You will never hear him say, “Sorry, I don’t know how to do that.”

Nicola is anything but a one-trick animator – he’s also a musician, 3D and 4D artist, V-ray enthusiast, and projection expert. His groundbreaking projection mapping projects blur the boundaries between art, design, performance, and architecture.

Bronwen Bender

Meet Bronwen, a maker who has lived as far as Melbourne and as near as Edinburgh.

Raised by Welsh glass artists, Bronwen’s work is earnest, earthy, and unique. Inspired by the natural world and anthropology with focuses in wire, ink, and paper, she creates a natural flow and geometry to all of her work, whether thin, intricate wire portraits or experimental ink patterns.

Tiago Galo

Meet Tiago, a Portuguese artist who finds the extraordinary in the ordinary.

His perspective is horribly consistent—bizarre, yet familiar. This illustrator-turned-architect-turned-illustrator-again captures life’s precious, simple moments and immortalises them as prints of high-contrast, endearing giants—shopping for fruit, cycling, grilling sausages, riding around in a shopping trolley.

Tiago Galo

Meet Tiago, a Portuguese artist who finds the extraordinary in the ordinary.

His perspective is horribly consistent—bizarre, yet familiar. This illustrator-turned-architect-turned-illustrator-again captures life’s precious, simple moments and immortalises them as prints of high-contrast, endearing giants—shopping for fruit, cycling, grilling sausages, riding around in a shopping trolley.

Rhiannon Faith

Meet Rhiannon Faith, theatre-maker, performer, writer.

Rhiannon has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, Zealous X, and more! Her thoughtful, raucous, and semi-autobiographical works create space for conversation on important topics like relationships (good, awkward, and terrible) and facing your fears. She is a determined and fierce performer whose choreography and directing help others tell their truth.

Merlyn Griffiths

Meet Merlyn: painter, producer, and big thinker.

After going against the grain and pursuing an “imaginary art degree,” Merlyn has built a meaningful and intentional art practice with roots in mentorship and proactivity. There’s a lot to learn here—Merlyn doesn’t just seek opportunities: he creates them.

Merlyn Griffiths

Meet Merlyn: painter, producer, and big thinker.

After going against the grain and pursuing an “imaginary art degree,” Merlyn has built a meaningful and intentional art practice with roots in mentorship and proactivity. There’s a lot to learn here—Merlyn doesn’t just seek opportunities: he creates them.

James Webber

Meet James, an acclaimed director who has over a decade of experience in the film industry.

James works as a producer, director, writer, and editor. which gives him a unique (and thorough!) perspective of the industry and creative process.

Carla Cometto

Meet Carla, talented photographer and globetrotter.

Her sense of adventure and total fearlessness caught our eye immediately, and her ability to capture life’s biggest moments cannot be missed.

Carla Cometto

Meet Carla, talented photographer and globetrotter.

Her sense of adventure and total fearlessness caught our eye immediately, and her ability to capture life’s biggest moments cannot be missed.

Loreen Hinz

Meet Loreen, a forward-thinking experimental photographer whose gorgeous high-fashion images honour past fine artists.

Loreen’s inspirations reach far and wide across borders, cultures, and eras. We’re captivated by Loreen’s use of texture, light, and posture to create painting-like images that seem almost like staged works of fine art.

Kamar Thomas

Meet Kamar, a needle in a haystack, an artist whose paintings buzz with energy and colour, reflecting his determination and creative force.

You’d be hard-pressed to find people with as surprising (or encouraging) outlooks and approaches to life.  Born in Jamaica and originally keen on medicine and theoretical physics, he is naturally attuned to generating new expressions for old ideas. Through Kamar, we’re learning that nothing is impossible, selfies are okay, uncertainty is exciting, and everyone wears a mask (in one way or another).

Kamar Thomas

Meet Kamar, a needle in a haystack, an artist whose paintings buzz with energy and colour, reflecting his determination and creative force.

You’d be hard-pressed to find people with as surprising (or encouraging) outlooks and approaches to life.  Born in Jamaica and originally keen on medicine and theoretical physics, he is naturally attuned to generating new expressions for old ideas. Through Kamar, we’re learning that nothing is impossible, selfies are okay, uncertainty is exciting, and everyone wears a mask (in one way or another).

Chloe Massey

Meet Chloe, traveller and darkroom-grown photographer.

Chloe started photographing her younger twin sisters with their grandad’s old 35mm Olympus, and since then she’s developed a vigilant and natural blend of portraiture that gives the professionalism and high-gloss of fashion photography without feeling inaccessible.

Lottie Davies

Meet Lottie, photographer, adventurer, storyteller.

As a photographer, writer, and once-upon-a-time oil painter, Lottie’s well-versed in the cycle of frantic plans and hibernation, rolling with the unexpected, and planning ahead without being wed to a plan to what she thought would happen.

Lottie’s work tells stories—sometimes objective, sometimes fictitious, always authentic—and she knows that, sometimes, the best images are unplanned.

Lottie Davies

Meet Lottie, photographer, adventurer, storyteller.

As a photographer, writer, and once-upon-a-time oil painter, Lottie’s well-versed in the cycle of frantic plans and hibernation, rolling with the unexpected, and planning ahead without being wed to a plan to what she thought would happen.

Lottie’s work tells stories—sometimes objective, sometimes fictitious, always authentic—and she knows that, sometimes, the best images are unplanned.

Sally & Emily

Meet Sally and Emily, photographers and sisters based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Though playful and bright on the outside, their images pick apart and question societal norms from a feminist perspective.

Lauren Seiden

Meet Lauren, New York-based visual artist, sculptor, and deep thinker.

Lauren’s laborious process explores depth and shadow, light and dark. She speaks of, and creates, layers of graphite and meaning.

Lauren Seiden

Meet Lauren, New York-based visual artist, sculptor, and deep thinker.

Lauren’s laborious process explores depth and shadow, light and dark. She speaks of, and creates, layers of graphite and meaning.

Aphra L Z O'Connor

Meet Aphra, a sculptor and artist with big ideas about how to blend industrial and delicate forms.

Her work not only explores found objects in their own environments and contexts, but how they exist as works of art outside the context of her studio. She’s faultlessly encouraging and offers a fresh perspective of everyday things (trust us, you’ll never see a paint can the same way again).

Hallidonto

Meet Hallidonto: artist, visionary, thinker.

Hallidonto’s paintings and collaborative works explore how (and why) to consume safe media, the evolution of man, and the difference between reality and simulation. He questions our tethers to technology, the actual definition of fake news, and the idea of flesh anxiety.

Hallidonto

Meet Hallidonto: artist, visionary, thinker.

Hallidonto’s paintings and collaborative works explore how (and why) to consume safe media, the evolution of man, and the difference between reality and simulation. He questions our tethers to technology, the actual definition of fake news, and the idea of flesh anxiety.

Madeleine Welsch

Meet Madeleine, illustrator, tree-hugging hiker, and emerging animator.

We love Madeleine’s playful and sincere style, her commitments to colour, to the great outdoors, and to seeing art in every part of her life. Her creative journey has included overcoming revision addiction, avoiding career pigeonholes, and merging environmental awareness with her personal practice.

Julien Lombardi

Meet Julien, an artist who uses photography as a tool for experimentation and visual investigation.

Julien doesn’t follow any golden rules. He’s as flexible as he is talented, changing his approach and aesthetic for each project. It’s difficult not to lose yourself in his work.

Julien Lombardi

Meet Julien, an artist who uses photography as a tool for experimentation and visual investigation.

Julien doesn’t follow any golden rules. He’s as flexible as he is talented, changing his approach and aesthetic for each project. It’s difficult not to lose yourself in his work.

Elke Foltz

Meet Elke Foltz, a painter and illustrator who embraces challenge, is always ready to try something new, and isn’t afraid to fail.

Elke’s work is, in her own words, “wild and peaceful, tragic but funny, colourful and dark”. We sat down to talk about her passions, inspirations, and the challenges and excitement of moving from France to Berlin.

Joss Cole

Meet Joss Cole, deep-thinker and self-described poesy painter.

Joss is an artist whose work focuses on rhythm, semantic content, visual and verbal puns, and the real life ways that poetry can be considered a key discourse in painting.

Joss Cole

Meet Joss Cole, deep-thinker and self-described poesy painter.

Joss is an artist whose work focuses on rhythm, semantic content, visual and verbal puns, and the real life ways that poetry can be considered a key discourse in painting.

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