Tess Martin is an independent animator who works with cut-outs, ink, paint, sand or objects. Her work often blurs the boundary between experimental and narrative, animation, film and art. She has received numerous grants, prizes and artist residencies in support of her work and this can be seen at festivals and in galleries worldwide. Her most recent short film ‘Ginevra’, based on a Percy Shelley poem, premiered at the Bellevue Arts Museum in 2017. Tess also directs and animates for editorial and commercial projects and she runs and moderates the monthly Manifest Animation Show & Tell events in Rotterdam, where she is based. She writes about the world of independent animation for Cartoon Brew and other publications and lectures occasionally at universities in the Unites States and the Netherlands.


2017 Ginevra, 3:42
2016 Oh My (music video), 3:45
2014 Lam 2: Red Hands
(music video), 4:49
2014 The Lost Mariner, 5:45
2014 Mario, 2:30
2013 One Night in Florida, 1:00
2013 Part of the Cycle, 7:53
2013 They Look Right Through You,
2012 A Walk in the Woods, 1:00
2012 Hula Hoop, 1:30
2012 The Whale Story 3:36
2011 Plain Face 10:41
2017 Tess Martin: Ginevra (solo show), Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA, USA (June 30-Oct 22)
2015 Sequestered Together: The Dangerous and Lonely World of Animation (group show), Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA, USA (Feb 17-March 14)
2015 Move On…! 100 Years of Animation Art (group show), Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, the Netherlands (Jan 31- May 10)
2014 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Digital Art Display (media gallery selection), Seattle, WA (April 1-June 30)
2014 SEAT and Spin (group show), Gallery 4Culture, Seattle, WA (March 1-31)
2014 Paper Time (solo show), Stern Studio, Vienna, Austria (March 1-27)
2014 Slices in Time (solo show), ASIFAKEIL, Vienna, Austria (Feb 1-March 15)
2017 Ginevra
– Jury’s Citation Award, Black Maria Film Fest, NJ, 2018
2016 Oh My
– Director’s Choice Award,
Black Maria Film Fest, NJ, 2017
– Best Musical Short,
Chain Film Fest, NYC, 2016
2014 The Lost Mariner
– Best Anim. Film,
Underexposed FF, SC, 2015
– Best Animated Film, American Doc FF, Palm Springs, CA, 2015
2014 Mario
– Director’s Choice 3rd Prize,
Black Maria FF, NJ, 2015
– Best Short Film, Local Sightings Film Fest, Seattle, WA, 2014
2017 Rooftop Films Kayla Thomas Filmmaker Grant
2017 Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst, IBB Grant, Rotterdam
2017 Bogliasco Fndt artist residency, Italy
2017 The Animation Workshop residency, Viborg, Denmark
2016 Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Vormgeving Grant, Rotterdam
2016 Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst O&O Grant, Rotterdam
2016 Djerassi Resident Artist Pr., CA, USA
2016 & 2012 I-Park Foundation Resident Artist Program, CA, USA
2015 AniDox: Lab professional training residency, run by The Animation Workshop, Viborg, Denmark (Scholarship)
2013 Vermont Studio Center artist residency, Johnson, VT (Full Fellowship & Clowes Fellowship)
2012 CityArtist Grant recipient, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, WA
2011 4Culture grant recipient, Seattle, WA
2010 4Culture grant recipient, Seattle, WA
2014-now Manifest: Animation Show & Tell – monthly event series at WORM, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
2016 In Tune: PNW Animation programs, Animanima Int Anim Fest, Cacak, Serbia
2015 Guest programmer for animation at Local Sightings Film Festival, Seattle, WA, Sept 24-Oct 3
2013-2014 Strange Creatures:
Contemporary Ind. Animation from Seattle, US and EU tour.
2012 Stop-Framing Me, Gage Academy
Steele Gallery, Seattle, WA, August
3-September 1, 2012.
2015-2016 Animation Sans Frontières prof. training course, Germany, Hungary, Denmark, France
2013-2014 Master of Animation, Akademie voor Kunst en Vormgeving St. Joost, Breda, The Netherlands
2004-2007 BA Fine Art Sculpture, Univ. of Brighton, Brighton, UK
2006 Bachelor exchange at Nagoya University of Arts, Nagoya, Japan
2003-2004 Byam Shaw School of Art at Central Saint Martin’s, London, UK, Foundation Fine Art
2002-2003 Boston University, Boston, MA
2002 International School of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, International Bacc.