Azsa West is an artist, filmmaker and award winning creative director currently based in Portland at Wieden + Kennedy.  Originally from a small, haunted surf town in California- she grew up raised by dolphins, skaters, and a graphic designer that believed in aliens. 

She studied photography and illustration at California College of the Arts and graduated from W+K 12  (like Hogwarts but for muggles) with an emphasis on ideation, art direction and writing. Azsa has exhibited works in Los Angeles, Portland, New York, Brazil, Sydney, Paris and Tokyo. A book of her drawings, “Nature Study on Lonesome Island," was published in 2011.

Her work has been featured in publications such as New York Times, Vice, Ad Busters, Nowness, Huffington Post, Creativity, Girls Like Us, Its Nice That,  Put A Egg On It, CMYK, Good Magazine, Wall Street Journal and Fast Company. Clients include Nike, Air Jordan, Heineken, Coke, Google, Disney, Canada Goose, Burberry, Shiseido, Secret, Old Spice, Target, Ace Hotel, LAIKA, Beautiful People, Air Bnb and MTV. 

 

 

EDUCATION                                              

WIEDEN + KENNEDY 12
ART DIRECTION / COPY WRITING / IDEATION

HYPER ISLAND 
DIGITAL HARVARD FOR ALIENS

CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
PHOTOGRAPHY / ILLUSTRATION

SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY 
PHOTOGRAPHY / FILM

 

WORK

2006-2007
WIEDEN + KENNEDY 12 PORTLAND, OR. 
ART DIRECTOR AND COPYWRITER -MTV, GOOD MAGAZINE, ACE HOTEL

2007-2008
FREELANCE BERLIN, GERMANY
DESIGNER AND ILLUSTRATOR

2008-2011
WIEDEN + KENNEDY PORTLAND, OR.  
ART DIRECTOR  AND COPY WRITER - NIKE,  LEVI’S, LAIKA, EA, GIRL EFFECT

2011-2014
WIEDEN + KENNEDY NEW YORK, NY. 
SENIOR ART DIRECTOR - AIR JORDAN, HEINEKEN,TARGET
CREATIVE DIRECTOR-NIKE CANADA

2014-2015
CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY LOS ANGELES, CA.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR- COCA COLA, SPRITE, BURBERRY TOMORROWLAND, CANADA GOOSE 

2015-2016
WIEDEN + KENNEDY SHANGHAI, CHINA
CREATIVE DIRECTOR- NIKE, AIR JORDAN

2016-2018
WIEDEN + KENNEDY TOKYO, JAPAN
CREATIVE DIRECTOR- NIKE JAPAN, NIKE KOREA, AIR BNB, SHISEIDO GLOBAL, BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

2018-PRESENT
WIEDEN + KENNEDY PORTLAND, OR.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR / DIRECTOR - SECRET, CREATORS STUDIO.

 

EXHIBITIONS

2006 THE POISON SNAKE, HOLOCENE, PORTLAND, OR.

2007 BRAND LAND, POWELL’S CITY OF BOOKS, PORTLAND OR.

2007 FAIL HARDER, WIEDEN + KENNEDY GALLERY, PORTLAND, OR.

2007 GROUP SHOW WITH COLORS MAGAZINE, POMPIDOU, PARIS

2008 GROUP SHOW, READING FRENZY, PORTLAND, OR.

2009 QUEER GAZE, FONTANELLE GALLERY, PORTLAND, OR

2010 LESBIAN ART SHOW, FONTANELLE GALLERY, PORTLAND, OR

2011 EVERYTHING MATTERS ALL OF THE TIME, THE CLEANERS GALLERY AT ACE HOTEL, PORTLAND, OR.

2012 NATURE STUDY ON LONESOME ISLAND, PUBLICATION STUDIO, PORTLAND, OR.

2012 OUT 24, SPACE ON WHITE GALLERY, NEW YORK, NY.

2012 THE BEGINNING OF THE END, SWORD +  FERN, PORTLAND, OR.

2013 COSTELA MAGAZINE GROUP EXHIBITION WIEDEN + KENNEDY, SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

2013 BLANKET, LESLIE-LOHMAN MUSEUM, NEW YORK, NY.

2018 TEXT ME, W+K TOKYO GALLERY, TOKYO, JAPAN

2018 AXIOM SELECTION 2, ART & SCIENCE LAB BY AXIOM, TOKYO, JAPAN

 

SHINY THINGS

CANNES TITANIUM SILVER LION: INTEGRATED CORALINE CAMPAIGN

CANNES CYBER LION: CORALINE CAMPAIGN

CANNES SILVER LION : CORALINE 

CANNES SILVER LION CYBER: CORALINE 

CANNES BRONZE FILM LION: LEVI’S “LEGACY”

CANNES BRONZE FILM LION: LEVI’S ”O PIONEER”

CANNES BRONZE LION  EXPERIENTIAL EVENT:  AIR JORDAN “THE EXPLOSIVE GAME”

CANNES ENTERTAINMENT LION SHORT LIST : NIKE KOREA  "RUN IT"

ONE SHOW SILVER: INTEGRATED CORALINE CAMPAIGN

ONE SHOW SILVER CYBER:  INTEGRATED CORALINE CAMPAIGN

ONE SHOW SILVER CYBER: CORALINE

ONE SHOW SILVER PROMO: CORALINE X NIKE 

ONE SHOW MERIT INTEGRATED BRANDING: CORALINE

ONE SHOW SILVER  ENTERTAINMENT: AIR JORDAN “THE EXPLOSIVE GAME”

ONE SHOW SILVER EVENTS: AIR JORDAN “THE EXPLOSIVE GAME”

ONE SHOW BRONZE: LEVI’S “LEGACY”

ONE SHOW FILM MERIT: AIR JORDAN "THE WINNING MOMENT"

ONE SHOW SILVER: NIKE "KOBE X TEMPLE OF DEADLY QUICKNESS"

ONE SHOW MERIT DESIGN : NIKE "KOBE X TEMPLE OF DEADLY QUICKNESS"

ONE SHOW BRONZE INTERACTIVE: NIKE "THE UNSTOPPABLE TRIBUTE"

WEBBY AWARD WINNER: CORALINE 

WEBBY’S PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: CORALINE 

WEBBY WINNER BEST  COPYWRITING : NIKE “HOCKEY IS OURS”

AICP SHOW WINNER IN 3 CATEGORIES: LEVI’S “AMERICA”

AICP AWARD IN CINEMATOGRAPHY: LEVI’S “LEGACY”

ANDY AWARD EVENT SPECIAL EFFECTS: AIR JORDAN ”THE EXPLOSIVE GAME”

CLIO SILVER INNOVATIVE MEDIA : AIR JORDAN ”THE EXPLOSIVE GAME”

APA AWARD: NIKE "MR. SUN"

SPIKES SILVER FILM AWARD: NIKE "MR. SUN"

SPIKES SILVER BRANDED CONTENT AWARD: NIKE "KOBE X TEMPLE OF DEADLY QUICKNESS"

SPIKES BRONZE DESIGN AWARD: NIKE "KOBE X TEMPLE OF DEADLY QUICKNESS"

AD FEST BRONZE: NIKE "DON'T KNOW YOUR PLACE" 

 

PUBLICATIONS

NEW YORK TIMES, VICE, FREE THE BID, ADBUSTERS, ADAGE, NOWNESS, CREATIVITY, YOUNG GLORY, GOOD MAGAZINE, CMYK, FADER, HUFFINGTON POST, FORBES, FAST COMPANY, PUT A EGG ON IT, GIRLS LIKE US.


CONTACT

magicalshapes@gmail.com