Astounding artist representation
Drawn to better

About us

Astound US Inc is a new kind of Artist Representation business based in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, and now with offices in London.

We aim high - to Astound - by being the Agency with the best in contemporary children's book illustration, and both licensing and commercial art from around the world.

We back that up with excellence in every aspect: from the first presentation, to how we project manage, and all the way through to how we invoice.

We Astound by being good at what we do with a snappy, can-do, enthusiastic, talented and creative attitude. And yes, we're not expensive.

All those things that make for an 'astounding' outcome.

Our promise to artists: career advancement with the right clients, regular creative guidance, strong administrative support and on time payment

Drawn to better.

Be drawn to better.

No matter where you are in the world or at whichever stage of your freelance artist career you may be, we're passionate about helping your career be more successful and rewarding by creating the art you love most! We are on your side: we'll give you insider's tips and client feedback for your folio development, and also introduce you directly to leading children's publishing houses, greeting card companies, jigsaw puzzle and game manufacturers, poster and decorative product suppliers (tableware, stationery)… the list goes on!

We're here to discuss the artistic direction you'd like to pursue and make that a reality with you.

Our positive relationships with our artists have made us the most rapidly growing Artist Agency in New York, possibly the USA. Here in the center of the publishing world, we are just a few subway stops away from the biggest brands worldwide, but we don't stay local - our agents travel everywhere to showcase your portfolio (and custom-made promotional materials!), from coast to coast in the USA, to major fairs in Europe: Frankfurt, Bologna, London and beyond.

We spread the word about your talent through personalized mail-outs, regular correspondence with close contacts in the industry, and online campaigns in addition to our state of the art site - all free to you!

Our partnership with Collaborate Agency's highly experienced team of editors and designers means that we can also support you in developing original children's book ideas into full-fledged storybooks and presentations, which we bring to the biggest children's book fairs of the year.

Best of all, we make sure you're paid right on time.

Astound us! If you'd like to learn more and be represented by Astound US, please email with a sampling of your favorite pieces (8-10 .jpgs under 2MB each).

Astound Team!

Iconic Figures in Literature and Fine Art February 13 2019

Top 10

Portraits from our Astounding Artists celebrating Iconic Figures in Literature and Fine Art


In celebration of African American History Month, we asked our artists to work on some portraits of the people who made history in their respective areas. From photographers to writers, sculptors to poets, we take a closer look at the artists through the eyes of other artists! Take a look at their interpretations of these iconic figures.

At Astound we know that when you request a portrait you need to trust an artist to capture a likeness. We think our artists have captured not only the likeness, but also the essence of these iconic figures. If you need a portrait commissioning make sure to get in touch with us at

Or tweet us your favourite interpretation @astound_us #IconicFigures #AstoundingArtists #AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth


Augusta Savage – Isabella Grott – For this illustration Isabella portrays Augusta as though she is one with her sculpture Monument of Hope and Beauty with her bold use of white blank space. This work makes it seems as though her sculptures are her children.

W.E.B Du Bois – Judit Tondora – Judit wanted to create a period style interpretation and has done so by including the sociological charts that Du Bois created into her portrait piece. The colours are all taken from the charts, along with the decorative elements at the corners.

Toni Morrison – Wendy Leach – Wendy has set this portrait of the famous writer in front of some of her most celebrated works including Beloved, which was turned into a film of the same name co-produced by Oprah. We love Wendy’s use of scribble effects to add texture to her work.

Gordon Parks – Bao Luu – This impressive piece captures not only Gordon’s likeness but also a taste of the many areas Gordon worked in including as a photographer, director and writer. He includes the distinctive pipe that Gordon was often seen with.

Alma Thomas – Salini Perera – Here Salini shows Alma proudly standing in front of one of her distinctive paintings which closely resemble mosaics but are actually painted in oil. She was particularly notable as one of the first African American artists to have a solo art exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, in 1971.

Jean Michel Basquiat – Odessa Sawyer – Prominent artist of the 70’s, Basquiat’s work merged street art, poetry, painting and drawing, marrying text and image into work that is still widely celebrated today. Odessa’s work speaks to his style using different textures and techniques such as spray paint, solid line and cross-hatching.

Alice Walker – Gisela Bohorquez – Author of The Colour Purple, Gisela makes reference to this colour using it as the predominant colour in this piece. We love how one’s eye locks on to Alice’s (which was blind after a childhood accident) also reflecting this seminal colour for the author.

Langston Hughes – Darnell Johnson – For this illustration of the famous poet, Darnell wanted to portray a younger Langston, with his head in the clouds. This idea embodies his poem Dreams in which he emphasises the importance of holding onto dreams.

Kara Walker – Briana Arrington – Contemporary artist, Walker’s work makes strong use of silhouettes in the form of panoramic friezes, usually of black figures against a white wall. She often addresses the history of American slavery and racism through violent and unsettling imagery. And this is a great introduction to the work of our new artist Briana!

Alex Haley – Angela Rizza – This author inspired a broad interest in genealogy and African-American family history after his book Roots: The Saga of an American Family spent forty-six weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List. Angela alludes to this by including a family tree in her depiction of Haley.


Astound Artist Agency Manhattan is a new kind of artist representation based in New York City.  We aim high – to Astound – by being the illustration agency with the best contemporary children’s book illustrators and greeting card designers that the industry has to offer. We connect publishers and artists from around the globe, with our Astound Illustration Agency London offices now open in the UK. Astound US – Drawn to better.