Nick Ellwood

Nick Ellwood / Illustrator


Bringing stories to life… stories from today, the past and my imagination.

Through my work as an illustrator I look to celebrate and explore narratives, people and topics. I try to look beneath the surface of my subjects to question and observe the characteristics, hidden elements and quirks, bringing this to life through, ink, drawing and colour!

I work both as a studio based illustrator and as a reportage artist drawing straight from life, creating work for publishing, editorial illustration, museum and heritage projects and exhibitions.

I love the way drawing continues to communicate, explore and respond to current events, difficult issues and also the lighter side of life enjoying the heritage of social reportage and narrative illustrators before me like William Hogarth, Arthur Rackham, Paul Hogarth, Ronald Searle and Charles Keeping along with many others! I enjoy pushing how and where illustration can be used including creating work for installations, animation and across digital media along traditional print and publishing.

I have been fortunate to work with some brilliant clients and projects and have exhibited across the UK including being part of the 2019 exhibition ‘Journeys Drawn’ at  the House of Illustration, London.

I teach illustration part time at York St. John University and regularly hold talks and workshops across all ages.

For further information and for all enquiries please contact me on 07802 726635

or email me at [email protected]



  1. Clients
  2. – The Arts Council
  3. – English Heritage
  4. – The Guardian
  5. – Greenwich Museums
  6. – BBC
  7. – Bivoauc Design
  8. – Random House Publishing
  9. – Ministry of Sound
  10. – Hachette Books
  11. – Glenlivet
  12. – The Big Issue
  13. – Belgo Restaurants
  14. – Haymarket Publishing
  15. – Metro
  16. – Channel 4
  17. – Freedom Studios
  18. – Migration Museum
  19. – Subcontinent Publishing
  20. – Bloodaxe Publishing
  21. – Thames TV
  22. – York Art Gallery
  23. – West Yorkshire Playhouse
  24. – Breakfast Creatives
  25. – The Flanagan Collective
  26. – Hong Kong Tatler
  27. – PS London
  28. – University of West London
  29. – Leach Inspire
  30. – Harvard Business Review
  31. – Pen Museum
  32. – Global Blue - SHOP
  33. – Museums Trust
  34. – Colne Valley Museum
  35. – Fairfax House Museum
  36. – Bar Convent Museum, York
  37. – Management Today
  38. – Warner Brothers
  39. – The Mirror Group
  40. – National Coal Mining Museum
  1. Events & Exhibitions
  2. The House of Illustration

    Nov 2018 – March 2019.

    Journeys Drawn: Illustrations from the Refugee Crisis

    An exhibition telling refugee stories, both observed and experienced first-hand.

  3. York Art Gallery

    May 2018 – Sept 2018.

    The Sea is the Limit

    A group show of international artists exploring migration and the concept of borders for York Art Gallery’s summer exhibition.

  4. The Migration Museum

    London, SE1 7AG Sept 2017 – Feb 2018.

    No Turning Back

    An installation looking at the history and impact of the East India Company – One of seven key migration moments that changed Britain, from the year 1200 to the present day.

  5. The National Coal Mining Museum 

    April – Dec 2017.

    For The People By The People

    A series of drawings and an installation exploring Nationalisation 70 years on. National Coal Mining Museum, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield. WF4 4RH.

  6. The London Illustration Fair

    Feature artist 2016

    Where Do We Go From Here?

    Invited to  exhibit a large scale installation  my drawings from the Calais refugee camps, 1st-4th Dec at The Bargehouse Gallery, OXO Tower Wharf, South Bank, London SE1 9PH

  7. The Londonewcastle gallery

    Shoreditch London, June 2016

    Call me by my Name: Stories from Calais and beyond

    Exhibiting my drawings from Calais as part of a group show with the Migration Museum

  8. York Art Gallery

    Permanent collection

    Re-interpretations of paintings from the main collection as  illustrated for children on permanent display next to the originals

  9. Leeds city centre/ The Cultural Olympiad 2012


    Digital and site specific installations/ illustrations for Yorkshire’s flagship arts project for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and for

  10. Thames TV group travel exhibition

    A View into Budapest

    TUC building, London WC1