AORISTS is the pseudonym of Southampton-based illustrator, Anshika Khullar, whose bold and vibrant work aims to showcase the ordinary as beautiful. Anshika is an Indian, non-binary transgender creative carving out the representation that they and others like themselves have not been afforded in the mainstream visual arts by creating snapshots of everyday lived experiences of marginalisation.
They have a BA in English Literature & Media from the University of Brighton, with a focused interest in intersectional feminist narratives; this study has invariably informed their 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 a CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal nominee for their work on the cover and interiors of YA novel The Black Flamingo (by Dean Atta, published by Hodder Books).
In addition to commercial, editorial and literary projects, Anshika has appeared as a guest speaker on panels at London Illustration Fair and House of Illustration.
Anshika is available for projects of various kinds, including but not limited to literary work, personal & professional commissions, spot illustrations, editorial work, 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