Artist Message


Lots of things happened in 1983. McEnroe and Navratilova were at the height of their dominance at Wimbledon, Ghandi won at the Oscars, William Golding won the Nobel Prize for Literature, the arrival of compact discs sent vinyl record sales into a steep decline and more than 125 million viewers tuned in to the last episode of M*A*S*H.

All of this however was overshadowed by the arrival in Covent Garden of a small but perfectly formed illustration agency called CIA. We launched, rather spontaneously, with around twenty established artists, resolved in what they were doing and promoting a loose, expressive approach to image making.

CIA has grown into one of the most successful and critically respected agencies in the UK with an ever increasing presence worldwide. The roots of the agency remain embedded in raw creativity and originality of thought and we are proud to represent some of the biggest names in the industry as well as a healthy stable of emerging talent from all over the world.

We promote our illustrators via as varied and innovative a platform as possible with touring exhibitions, seasonal festivals and our own magazine, CIA Quarterly, which we publish every few months. If you would like to know more about the Central Illustration Agency, go to the contact page and get in touch.
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+44 (0) 207 734 7187 (Office)


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