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Cherie Kwok

illustration of In response to the Festival's theme of ‘Freedom’. This piece is inspired by exploration and questions about our place in the universe. The lone traveler admires the light that has travelled from thousands of light years away. 

It was shown on large digital screens across multiple venues in Birmingham as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival.
illustration of Advertising illustration inspired by London's Oxford Street during the festive season. Beautiful twinkling lights, shining jewelry, and people passing one another on the street...
illustration of For China Exchange in response to my Made in Chinatown artist residency 2022.

This artwork was created to reflect the multiple layers of intangible cultural heritage, experiences, memories, and meaning shared by community members and volunteers within London’s Chinatown.

Stories of immigration, reunion, connection, and cultural heritage were sources of inspiration. I wanted to celebrate the businesses in the area, who overcame adversity.
illustration of Mid-Autumn Festival illustration celebrating the joy of coming together with family, spending quality time with loved ones, and eating mooncakes under the moonlight.

This is a very important time of the year for giving thanks. Historically, it was a time for showing gratitude for a successful harvest. In modern times, people show gratitude to the special people in their lives.
illustration of Celebration of my Grandma’s love, most often shown through food. Vibrant colours, hazy smoke, bustling restaurants and moments of connection between family around a dinner table are my memories of Hong Kong.

Dim Sum, which are small plate dishes, when translated means 'touching heart'.
illustration of Editorial illustration inspired by an article from Wired UK magazine about the myth of meritocracy. The article talks about how power in Britain is
illustration of Speculative editorial for Vice article titled  ‘How to Actually Take a Social Media Break’.

The article talked about the importance of focusing on your own path and remembering to exit the digital world of social media and enter reality. The use of a busy composition is to reflect the distracting nature of social media. There is a lot of noise and information flying around quickly, which the person is trying to escape.
illustration of For an article talking about Covid’s impact on physical intimacy and how the use of technology has helped to overcome these barriers.
illustration of 1 of 5 in a series of portraits of key businesswomen who have contributed to Chinatown London’s community. This was for their International Women’s day campaign which showcased and celebrated these women. They each have significant achievements in the food sector and it was important to feature and celebrate elements of their businesses within the portraits. The brief was to create visually striking, vibrant, and engaging illustrations that would pop on social media.
illustration of This piece focuses on the importance of highlighting Chinatown London's layered history and the different cultures, stories and people that are intertwined with the area 

The old Pagoda, which has now been removed, used to be a meeting place where people would sit and wait for their friends or family. Symbolising reunion, I found the Pagoda to be particularly poignant, considering the many families that were separated through immigration and the new generations that have formed since.

Profile

Cherie is an award-winning freelance illustrator based in Birmingham. With a visual language that is influenced by her Hong Kong heritage, she enjoys using vibrant colours and light in her work to portray topics such as cultural identity, history and heritage, and mental health. Her practice spans editorial, advertising, publishing, and community-based projects. She was the artist in residence at China Exchange London throughout 2022, where she created a series of designs that highlight the hidden multi-layered history of London’s Chinatown. Alongside her illustration practice, she enjoys creating and leading creative workshops and delivering talks at educational institutions. Clients: Chinatown London, Birmingham Design, Shado Magazine, Substrakt, and more.

Style/Techniques

Colored Pencil, Conceptual, Digital, Line with Color, Decorative, Whimsical, Installations

Subject/Specialties

Adventure, Book Covers, Children, Children's Books, Editorial, Family, Fantasy, Food, Futuristic, Health, Holidays, Landscape, Leisure, Nature, People, Political, Portrait, Posters, Product, Romance, Sci-Fi, Technology, Travel, Food/Beverage, Feminine, Ethnic, Financial