AORISTS is the pseudonym of Anshika Khullar, an illustrator based in Southampton, Englandwhose bold and vibrant work aims to showcase the ordinary as beautiful. Anshika is an Indian, non-binary transgender creative with a BA in English Literature & Media from the University of Brighton; they have a focused interest in intersectional feminist narratives, a study which has invariably informed their art practice, with illustrations that are colourful, detail-oriented, and thoughtfully studded with hidden gems of metaphors made literal, often dealing in overarching socio-political themes.

They are an ALA Stonewall Book Award winner and CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal longlist nominee for their work on the cover and interiors of YA novel The Black Flamingo (published by Hodder Books).


In addition to editorial and literary projects, Anshika has appeared as a guest speaker on panels at London Illustration Fair and House of Illustration, and created video content for Tate on both their social channels and as part of Uniqlo Tate Lates: Night In.

Anshika is available for projects of various kinds, including but not limited to literary work, spot illustrations, editorial commissions, and collaborations.


Please don't hesitate to get in touch with them regarding any queries or potential projects you may have in mind! You can do this best by emailing them at 

Contact: Email / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook 



Bust​         gal-dem         UNiDAYS     

Bitch Media         Urban Outfitters Europe

It's Nice That​         Vox for Apple News

Polyester Zine x Monki         Zora by Medium

Mpora         Tate


Hachette UK   •   Quercus Books   •   Voracious Books


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