Steve Cutts is an illustrator and animator based in London, England. His artwork satirizes the excesses of modern society. His style is inspired by 1930s and 40s cartoons, as well as modern comic books and graphic novels. Before becoming a freelancer in 2012, Cutts worked as an illustrator for the London creative agency Glue Isobar. He worked on digital projects for companies including Coca-Cola, Google, Sony, and Toyota.
In 2012, Cutts created his most popular film, MAN, which has environmentalist and animal rights themes. Created with Adobe Flash and After Effects, Cutts describes the film as “looking at mans relationship with the natural world.” The video has over 28 million views on YouTube.
In 2017, Cutts won the Jury Award at Annecy International Film Festival, the highest award which is a qualifying factor to be eligible for nomination at the Academy Awards. This was for the music video “Are You Lost in the World Like Me?”
“I see a lot of insanity in the way we live, and to progress, I think we need to become more aware and look at the options we have as a society more clearly, so if I can add to the discussion surrounding that, then all the better,” he told me.
“The themes I choose to focus on are fundamental aspects of modern society that surround and affect all of us, so naturally they are the subject of much of my work.
“I see it as part of my role as an artist to comment on the times we live in, the things that affect us on a daily basis and the aim of my work is to get people thinking and talking more about these aspects.”