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, where she
exhibited together with Miljohn Ruperto. The film 'Janus', which they made together, was shown at the Biennial in the Whitney Museum in New York.

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 in French by Dargaud as 'Le Retour de la Bondrée', and in English as 'The Return of the Honey Buzzard', by Selfmadehero. The book was also translated to Spanish and Serbian. In 2016, 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. The show will still be touring through China in 2018.

Aimée is currently working on her new graphic novel for Dargaud, written by the acclaimed Belgian comic author Zidrou, to be released in 2018.

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Exhibitions
2017: Dutch Embassy, Jakarta, Indonesia
2015: Kunsthal Kade, Amersfoort
2014: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2014: 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles
2011: Gallery DROOG, Amsterdam
2007: Kulturmuseum, Oslo

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
2014: Andy Warhol Foundation for residency at 18th Street Art Center, Los Angeles

Education
2017 Gobelins École de l'Image, Character Design in Animation Summer School, Paris
2010 - 2011 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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What others say
(About De Terugkeer van de Wespendief) "An extremely mature debut. Makes you wish that far
more graphic novels of this standard would appear in the Netherlands."
- NRC Handelsblad

"Her comics Jacht and Vlucht are pinned to the wall at my workspace and I really enjoy looking at fox
and rabbit every day. So, consider me a fan." -
Jakob Schuh, director of the Oscar Nominated animation The Gruffalo

"She is a natural effects animator, I love her work. She is a rare artist, there are not enough good 2D FX artists left."
- Joseph Gilland, special effects animator for Walt Disney Pictures, including Pocahontas and Brother Bear.

Documentary
Want to see the artist at work? Watch the documentary "Aimée" made by Alwin Ritstier, Lisa van der Drift and Nathalie Everts down below.

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Interested?
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Resumé
Download recent Resumé (English)

Available for work:
Yes

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