I've been drawing for as long as I can remember, and illustrating professionally since 2004. My distinctive painterly illustrations have been featured in books, magazines, comics and exhibitions worldwide, and also on television.

Over the years I've worked for a wide range of clients including Adidas, Activision, Edgar Wright, Manga UK, Paramount Pictures, Picturehouse Cinemas, Playstation, Twitter, Wired and Working Title.

I've produced officially licensed pop culture artwork for properties including Marvel's Avengers, Call of Duty, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Karate Kid, Flash Gordon and Shepperton Studios, and I've contributed to more than forty pop culture group exhibitions in the UK and US over the last five years.

Drop me an email and/or follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram , Behance and LinkedIn.

I'm represented in the UK by the Central Illustration Agency and in France by Hugo Weinberg.

Mark Hamill

"Sam just has a knack for finding the emotional core of every subject in his portraiture."
Adam Martin, owner, Hero Complex Gallery, Los Angeles

"Few people do a better job of capturing not just an actor, but the essence of a performance than British illustrator Sam Gilbey."
Cineplex Magazine

"That is so awesome."
Edgar Wright"

"This is effing awesome!"
Simon Pegg

Officially licensed prints including Shepperton Studio Stormtroopers and Flash Gordon are available in my store.


You can obtain artwork (both prints and originals) directly from my store, and order artwork (and other products) from Society6 and Redbubble . My Chores design is  available from Threadless.


At the opening of Hero Complex Gallery's official Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron exhibition, May 2015.


I've contributed to over 40 group pop culture exhibitions over the last five years, including official Marvel, Bad Robot, Bob's Burgers, Edgar Wright and Joss Whedon shows. Directors and actors including Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Edgar Wright, Gareth Jones, Simon Pegg and Ralph Macchio own my work.

Remaining limited edition prints can be purchased directly from Spoke Art, Hero Complex & Gallery1988 galleries.


  • Miyazaki – an art show tribute, Spoke Art, SF, February


  • SEQUEL 2, iambit, LA, November
  • Crazy4Cult X, Gallery1988, LA, October
  • 7th Annual Wes Anderson tribute, Spoke Art, NYC, October
  • 20 Years Later, Gallery1988, LA, July
  • Lord of Thrones, Spoke Art, SF, June
  • Cardistry, Hero Complex Gallery, LA, May
  • Official 20th Century Fox Bob's Burgers exhibition, Gallery1988, LA, May
  • 30 Years Later, Gallery1988, LA, March
  • Wondercon, exhibiting with Hero Complex Gallery, LA, March
  • Zelda 30 year celebration, Hero Complex Gallery, LA, February


  • NYCC, exhibiting with Hero Complex Gallery, NYC, November
  • Daft Punk 3, Gauntlet Gallery, SF, August
  • 6th Annual Wes Anderson tribute, Spoke Art (at Joseph Gross gallery), NYC, August
  • Both Sides: a show celebrating heroes and villains, Gallery1988, LA, July
  • Clue: an art show inspired by your favourite murder mystery, Gallery1988, LA, June
  • 10th Anniversary, iam8bit, LA, June
  • Art show tribute to the works of Jeunet and Caro, Spoke Art, SF, May
  • Official Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hero Complex Gallery, LA, April/May
  • Is This Thing On? #4, Gallery1988, LA, February


  • Crazy4Cult 8, Gallery1988, LA, December
  • Stars on Canvas 2014 (charity exhibition), London, November
  • Kung Fu Theatre, Hero Complex Gallery, LA, November
  • Bad Dads V (Wes Anderson tribute), Spoke Art, SF, October/November
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 'Legend of the Yokai', House of Vans, London, October
  • Joss Whedon official tribute show, Gallery1988, LA, September
  • Kubrick tribute show, Spoke Art, SF, September
  • Quentin vs. Coen: art tribute to Tarantino & the Coen Brothers, Spoke Art, SF, July
  • Kings of Cult: art tribute to Roger Corman & Joe Dante, Hero Complex Gallery, LA, May
  • The Subtle Art of Pop Culture (10 year anniversary show), Gallery1988, LA, April
  • When The Lights Go Out 2 (glow in the dark show), Bottleneck Gallery, NYC, March
  • King for a Day (Stephen King tribute), Hero Complex Gallery, LA, March
  • In Dreams (David Lynch tribute), Spoke Art, SF, March
  • It Came From 1984, Bottleneck Gallery, NYC, February
  • Imagined Worlds, Hero Complex Gallery, LA, January


  • Crazy4Cult 7, Gallery1988, NYC, December
  • Bad Dads IV (Wes Anderson tribute), Spoke Art, SF, October/November
  • Smile You Son of a Bitch! (Jaws tribute), Hero Complex Gallery, LA, November
  • Crazy 4 Cult 'Say Hi To The Bad Guy', Gallery1988, LA, October
  • Art V Cancer (charity exhibition), 2022NQ, Manchester, August
  • The Official Edgar Wright Art Show, Gallery1988, LA, August
  • RED (curated by Planet Pulp), Hero Complex Gallery, LA, July
  • The Official Bad Robot Art Experience, Gallery1988, LA, April/May
  • Scorsese: an art show tribute (curated by Spoke Art), Bold Hype, NYC, April
  • The Humorist (Woody Allen show), Gallery1988, LA, January


  • Stars on Canvas 2012 (charity exhibition), London, November


  • Raw 5, Manchester, September


  • Spacenite 2 (Bill Mantlo tribute), Portland, December
  • Star on Canvas 2010 (charity exhibition), London, November
  • Images 34 (Association of Illustrators exhibition), London, September

Speaking about my work at the Covent Garden Apple Store, March 2016.


I've spoken at Apple, Behance and Blab events, and taken part in several live drawing events. Please get in touch if you'd like to book me for an event.

  • Behance 'creative portfolio powerup' event (talk and discussion leader), Google Campus London, May 2016
  • Covent Garden Apple Store talk, March 2016
  • Hastings Illustration Festival (HiFest), December 2015.
  • Brighton Illustration Fair, May 2015.
  • Hastings Illustration Festival (HiFest) – including participation in panel discussion, December 2014.
  • BLAB speaker, Band on the Wall, Manchester, February 2014. Video above.
  • Official Movember Gala Party artist, The Roundhouse, London, November 2013.
  • Adidas Yamamoto F50 boot launch, October 2013.
  • Ninja Scroll poster signing, The Hackney Picturehouse, London, November 2012.
  • Glug 'Beautiful Summer' live artist, Cargo, London, May 2012.


Whether it's a marker pen sketch, a bespoke pop culture poster or a family portrait, I try to fit in private clients wherever I can. Please drop me an email to discuss your needs. Prices start at £50 for pencil sketches (plus VAT if you're in the UK, plus postage and packaging costs).

A recent marker pen sketch commission of Agent Carter, signed by Hayley Atwell herself at a convention.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost with the artwork I created for the test shoot of Paul, Shepperton Studios, 2008.

My artwork on a limited edition steelbook blu-ray cover of The Karate Kid. For Sony Pictures via Gallery1988.