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 created artwork for a wide range of clients including Adidas, Activision, Apple, British Airways, Disney (Princess & Star Wars), Edgar Wright, Manga UK, Paramount Pictures, Picturehouse Cinemas, Playstation, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Twitter, Wired and Working Title.

I've produced officially licensed pop culture artwork for properties including Marvel's Avengers, Back to the Future, Bob's Burgers, Call of Duty, Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy, Flash Gordon, Hellboy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Karate Kid, Trainspotting and Shepperton Studios.

I've also contributed to more than 45 pop culture group exhibitions in the UK and US over the last five years, and have been invited to talk about my work at various events and venues, including the MCM London Comic Con and the Covent Garden Apple Store.

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I'm represented in the UK by the Central Illustration Agency, in France by Hugo Weinberg, and in the US by Poster Posse/MEOKCA.

It was amazing to be able to present Edgar Wright with my officially licensed 'Cornetto trilogy' prints (produced in collaboration with Iron Gut Publishing), and for Edgar to post a photo of Simon Pegg with them on social media.


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 Back to the Future, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End, Shepperton Studio Stormtroopers and Flash Gordon are available now from 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 as a t-shirt from Threadless.



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

I've contributed to over 45 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, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Gareth Jones, Simon Pegg, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka own my work.

Remaining limited edition prints can be purchased directly from Spoke Art, Hero Complex, iam8bit & Gallery1988 galleries.


  • John McTiernan tribute exhibition, Hero Complex Gallery, LA, December
  • Crazy4Cult XI, Gallery1988, LA, November
  • Miyazaki – second art show tribute, Spoke Art, NYC, October
  • Official Bojack Horseman/Netflix exhibition, Gallery1988, LA, September
  • 30 Years Later, Gallery1988, LA, July
  • Blacklight, Hero Complex Gallery, LA, May
  • Miyazaki – an art show tribute, Spoke Art, SF, February


  • Stars on Canvas 2016 (charity exhibition), London, November
  • 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 and panel discussions. Please get in touch if you'd like to book me for an event.

  • Regent Street Apple Store talk and workshop, January 2018
  • Wacom-sponsored panel on poster creation with Poster Spy, MCM London Comic Con, October 2017
  • Brighton Illustration Fair, October 2017
  • Thought Bubble, Leeds Comic Art Festival, September 2017
  • 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.