About me

Short Bio

iella (Daniela Attard, she/her

London-based Maltese visual artist, illustrator, and multidisciplinary media creative working full time in the animation and film industry (currently Warner Brothers). Developing drawing skills after playing online games, she eventually ventured into street art and life drawing sessions which helped develop a distinctive illustrative visual style.
Wanting to seek international training and opportunities, she moved to London, UK in 2012 after completing a BA in art history from the University of Malta.
After focusing on developing a career in illustration during her first few years in London, she is now focused on her long-term artistic goals, having her first solo exhibition at Hoxton 253 in 2021.
Iella’s work is influenced by 90s animation, video games and nature. Most of her work is figurative and illustrative, often exploring themes of fantasy, climate change, existentialism and personal experiences. She is an avid sketchbook keeper and life drawing enthusiast.

Looking for

looking for collaboration or group shows

Other Roles Digital Artist, Fine Artist, Street Artist, Painter
Represented by ‎Malta Community of Illustrators‎
Skills Animation Communications Drawing Figurative Painting

Education

Education History

BA Hons Art History (UOM) 2011
Diploma in art&design (Mcast) 2012
MA Communication design (Illustration) – Kingston university graduated 2013

Experience

Exhibitions

Upcoming:

DYING PLANET, (solo show) September 1st – October 9th 2022, Spazju Kreattiv, Malta

Past:

Take me home part 3 (solo show), June 2022, M2 gallery, Sydney, Australia
Take me home part 2, (solo show) November 2021, Desko, Malta
Take me home part 1, (first solo show)  July 2021, Hoxton 253, London, UK

The Nude ’21, Candid arts trust, London, UK
Artna (Our Land) 2020, Online
Larger than Life! 2020, Desko, Valletta
Selfie 2014, Studio 104, Valletta
Kingston University illustration MA group show 2013, London, UK

Achievements

Press

Archetype newspaper interview from 2012

Maltatoday article: Crowdfunding my first project, 2013

Interview with photojournalist Joanna Demarco in 2014

Time of Malta: Comicon interview from 2015

Maltatoday article: Work update from 2015

TVM video interview from comicon 2015

Lovinmalta feature, 2016

Indulge.com.mt interview from 2016

Time of Malta: Interview from 2017

Gadgetsmalta Interview, 2018

Larger than Life! Group show press, 2019

Time of Malta: Artna online exhibition 2020

Work

Designer and Illustrator – Cartoon Network/Warner Brothers (European branch) 2014 – present

Residencies

Hackney Downs Studio, London UK,  April 2021 – August 2021