NEW YORK CITY — Boutique studio Artjail (www.artjail.com) has made a number of new creative hires. The studio, which has offices in New York and Toronto, tapped Matt Greenwood to serve as its new design creative director. Additionally, Artjail named Jonathan Lee and Weichieh Yu CG leads. All three will be based out of Artjail’s New York studio, but will pitch in on selected projects in Toronto too.
Photo (L-R) Greenwood, Lee and Yu
John Skeffington, managing director/EP, notes that Greenwood’s hire represents a new position at the company.
“We’ve always offered design services, but Matt is the first CD we’ve brought on to run the design team,” he explains. “He’s got a well-rounded skill set, a strong eye and great leadership abilities. We see him playing an important role in the future development and growth of the department.”
Most recently with Nice Shoes, Greenwood has already contributed to a number of Artjail projects, including spots for Doritos and Peloton.
As the studio’s new CG leads, Lee and Yu bring a wealth of experience, having worked on both staff and freelance roles at a number of leading animation and VFX houses. Collectively their resumes include stints with The Mill, Psyop, Framestore, Taylor James, Buck and Zoic, among others. Lee has taught computer art at New York’s School of Visual Arts for the past seven years, while Yu’s hire signals a return to Artjail, where he’s freelanced in the past.
“It was an easy decision adding Jonathan and Weichieh,” says Ross Denner, Artjail’s head of 3D. “Both have over 10 years’ experience at the industry’s top studios and have won multiple awards. They’re incredibly talented and accomplished artists/leads, but more importantly, they come with personalities that complement Artjail’s culture. They add new dimensions and perspectives to our skill sets, not just in producing pixels but also mentoring, leading and developing talent.”