Jamie Hewlett is a British artist, designer, and illustrator who first gained widespread recognition in the late 1990s as the co-creator of the virtual band Gorillaz, which he developed with musician Damon Albarn. The band’s innovative blend of music, animation, and storytelling helped to redefine the concept of a band and cemented Hewlett’s place as a leading visual artist.
Hewlett’s accomplishments extend beyond his work with Gorillaz, with him working on numerous other creative projects over the years. He has designed album covers, tour merchandise, and stage visuals for a range of musicians, including the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Chemical Brothers, and Massive Attack. He has also worked on various film and television projects, including the design of the iconic tank girl character for the 1995 movie of the same name.
One of Hewlett’s most notable collaborations was with comic book writer Alan Martin, with whom he created the cult classic comic book series “Tank Girl” in the late 1980s. The comic’s anarchic and irreverent style, coupled with Hewlett’s bold and colorful artwork, helped to establish him as a major force in the world of underground comics.
Hewlett is also known for his advocacy for animal rights and his love of pets. He has spoken out against animal cruelty and has taken part in various campaigns to promote animal welfare. In 2019, he designed a range of t-shirts and merchandise to raise awareness and funds for the UK animal welfare charity Blue Cross.