About
Aimée de Jongh (1988) is an award-winning animator, comic author and illustrator from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. After publishing her first comic book 'Aimée TV' at the age of 17, Aimée proceeded to become a promising comic author with a large variety of styles and techniques. Next to working on comics, Aimée has a great passion for animated film. She received her degree in 2D Animation at the Willem de Kooning Academy and attended the Gobelins Summer School for Character Animation in Paris.

Working professionally for ten years now, Aimée created over 10 different comic series, including the daily comic 'Snippers' for newspaper Metro. Other works include children's books illustrations, music videos, independent short films and commercial animations for TV. In 2014, Aimée was an artist in residence at the 18th Street Art Center in Los Angeles.

In recent years, Aimée's main focus in comics has been graphic novels. Her first one, 'De Terugkeer Van De Wespendief' (2014), tells the story of bookseller Simon, who's facing a financial and emotional crisis. The book won the Prix Saint-Michel, and was translated to English, French, Spanish and Serbian. In 2017, a feature film based on the book was released, directed by Stanley Kolk and produced by Family Affair Films.

In 2016, Aimée returned to animation shortly and released her biggest project yet: 'Behind the Telescopes', a 71-minute 2D animated film with harpist Lavinia Meijer. The movie was screened only with a live music performance, and it ran in Dutch theatres for a year.

In 2017, Aimée made her first graphic journalism work. With two other cartoonists, she visited the refugee camps on Lesbos, Greece. There she made a comic report about the life in the camps, called Europe's Waiting Room. It was published in the Dutch national newspaper NRC.

Aimée's latest project is her new graphic novel for Dargaud, written by the acclaimed Belgian comic author Zidrou, released in June 2018: L'Obsolescence Programmée De Nos Sentiments (Released in Dutch as Bloesems in de Herfst, by Ballon Media). The book is about love and sex at old age, and the beauty of growing old.

 


Exhibitions
2018: Zeich(nen) der Zeit: Comic-Reporter Unterwegs, Erlangen, Germany
2017: Dutch Embassy, Jakarta, Indonesia
2015: Kunsthal Kade, Amersfoort, Holland
2014: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
2014: 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles, US
2011: Gallery DROOG, Amsterdam, Holland
2007: Kulturmuseum, Oslo, Norway

Awards
2015: Prix Saint-Michel, Dutch Comic Author of the Year for De Terugkeer van de Wespendief
2014: Special Mention for music video Last Resistance at the Klik Animation Festival
2012: WDKA Maaskantprijs for One Past Two
2011: Benelux Beeldverhalen Prijs 3rd prize for Mariko
2011: Drempelprijs 2nd prize for One Past Two
2006: Person of the Year Shield
2005: Kunstbende 1st Prize for Fall
2004: Kunstbende 2nd Prize for Bored
2004: Fanthology manga competition 3rd prize for Second Sight

Grants
2017: Fonds voor Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten, for Europe's Waiting Room
2017: Fonds Pascal Decroos voor Bijzondere Journalistiek, forEurope's Waiting Room
2014: Andy Warhol Foundation for residency at 18th Street Art Center, Los Angeles
2012: Nederlands Filmfonds grant for Ultrakort animated film Aurora

Education
2017 Gobelins École de l'Image, Character Design in Animation Summer School, Paris
2010 - 2011 Semester at studies of Animated Film at the Royal Academy of the Arts, Ghent
2007 - 2011 Animation at the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam

Clients
Whitney Museum New York, Dutch Embassy Jakarta, VARA, BNN, Submarine, Zoo Magazine, Dagblad Metro Holland, NTR SchoolTV, VPRO, NRC Handelsblad, HP/De Tijd, Kits, 7Days, North Sea Jazz Festival.

 

 

 

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