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About

Founded in 1983 by Brian Grimwood, the Central Illustration Agency was born in Covent Garden with a small group of painters, print makers and calligraphers. That was then, this is now and from our HQ in Shoreditch, East London, CIA represents a diverse stable of commercial artists and animation studios based all over the world.

With every medium from 3D rendering and motion graphics to wood engraving and sculptural installation, we offer an incomparable range of visual languages. You can view and download our artists’ folios in the Illustration, Motion and Physical sections of the site or simply contact us with what you need and we’ll do the research for you.

Clients include:
AMV BBDO / Adam & Eve DDB / Absolut / Adidas / Alexander McQueen / Antidote / Aperol / Apple / Arsenal FC / Arte Magazine Berlin / Atlantic Books / Atomic / Bacardi / BBH / Bentley / Big Issue / Billboard Magazine / Bloomsbury / Boston Globe / Brand Opus / Brave / Burberry / Cartier / Channel 4 / Cheil Europe / Chelsea FC / CHI & Partners / Contagious / Crabtree & Evelyn / Crack Magazine / Daggerwing / DDB Copenhagen / Der Spiegel / Design Bridge / Dialogue / Die Zeit / Donmar Warehouse / Economist / Elle / Elvis / EMI / Empire / Esquire / Faber / Facebook / Farfetch / Fold 7 / Folio Society / Fortnum & Mason / Gaia Spa / Glock / GQ / Grey / Gruner & Jahr / Guardian / Hamleys / Harper Collins / Harrods / Havas / Heat / Here / Hermes / Hogarth / Hotel Creative / ILN / Immediate / Ink / Intelligent Life / IRIS / Jonny Walker / JWT / JKR / John Lewis / Karmarama / Kew Gardens / Kitcatt Nohr / Krow / Leith / Leo Burnett / Little Brown / London Advertising / Lonely Planet / Love / Lush / M&C Saatchi / Macmillan / Manchester United / Marie Claire / Max Mara / McCann Erickson / McLaren Motorsport / Men’s Health / Method / Monk / Museum of London / Music / Nature / New Scientist / New Statesman / Nike / Nimblejack / Observer / Ogilvy / One Big Company / Orion / Penguin / People Magazine / Pepsi / Pimms / Playboy / Point Blank / Politico Europe / Pottermore / Proximity / Psychologies / Publicis / Radio Times / Random House / Realise / The Royal Collection / Royal Mail / Saatchi & Saatchi / Sadlers Wells / Sears Davies / Sectorlight / Shortlist / Silk Pearce / Simon & Schuster / Soho House / Sony / Southbank Centre / St Lukes / Starbucks / Stylist / Team Spirit / Ted Baker / Telegraph / TFL / The & Partnership / The Barbican / The Chase / The Partners / Think / Together / Tommy Hilfiger / Touch / University of Chicago / V&A / Vanity Fair / Village Voice / Waitrose / Wall Street Journal / Washington Post / Westminster Abbey / Which / Wink / Wired / Women’s Health / Y&R / Zara

Ben Cox
Ben’s the director, and has been representing artists since 1998. As well as taking a strategic hold on things he still likes grabbing a ringing phone and is as happy dealing with commissions as he is handling special projects.

Emilie Tardivel
Our Agent Emilie is here to help you find the perfect artist for your project. Equally happy visiting your agency or handling your enquiry from the Shoreditch HQ, she knows our illustrators, animators and sculptors inside out and is an expert in pricing and licenses.

Brian Grimwood
Acclaimed artist and founder of CIA back in 1983, Brian is a full-time artist and remains a heavyweight influence on the look of British illustration.

Sarah Johnson
Someone has to balance the books and Sarah is just the person to keep us all on the straight and narrow, keeping a beady eye on expenditure and a furrowed brow on any late payers - not advised…

Hugo Weinberg
Our man in Paris. Each time we make an excuse to visit Monsieur Weinberg it's like hanging out with an A-lister. Everyone knows Hugo and Hugo knows everyone - and not only the movers and shakers of the creative industry, but more importantly the Maitre Ds in all the best places to eat.

Jen Freeman
North America is Jen’s playground. Based in California but with the whole of the USA on speed-dial Jen’s your go-to person in the States or Canada. With a passion for illustration and an impressive background in the animation industry she’s the American agent of our dreams!

Ed McGowan
Sydney. Not a bad place to live! And Ed’s our agent for all you Australian illustration and animation lovers. An artist himself, there isn’t anything Ed doesn’t know about commissioning illustration, so get in touch and let him walk you through our roster.

Morton Saether
Looking after Scandinavia for us is design guru Morten. Straight outa Oslo he’s the man to ask if you’re after an international illustrator and is always happy to walk through your project over a coffee.