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Born: 1985


BArch 2007 (Port Elizabeth); MArch 2010 (NMMU)

Shaun Gaylard was born and raised in East London.

Since a young age, Shaun was fascinated with the intricacies of design and construction. With his innate talent, studying for a master’s degree in architecture at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth was a natural segue.

Shaun Gaylard resides in Johannesburg and has lived and worked in London and Paris.

In 2013 he launched Blank Ink Design, a design studio which provides a vehicle for the creation of his architectural drawings, inspired by local & international buildings.

His design aesthetic is expressed in constrained, meticulous and precise fine line drawings. Blank Ink Design’s works have featured in leading SA magazines and several exhibitions in SA as well as the prestigious AKAA fair in Paris.

Locally and internationally, Blank Ink Design collections have been acquired by private collectors as well as financial institutions and the Brenthurst Library, amongst many others.

Shaun Gaylard is currently [2021] Senior Associate at OSMOND LANGE ARCHITECTS and PLANNERS in their Johannesburg office.

Read an article in VISI published 25 May 2018 and another article published 18 October 2018 about his architectural prints and City Guides.

Shaun Gaylard was one of the artists chosen for the Sanlam Private Wealth partnership with a new generation of creators, taking select pieces from the vast Sanlam art collection on a journey into the future by reinterpreting them in new, unique ways. They’ve called this journey ‘Again and Again – Inspiration and Excellence in Perpetuity’. See article by Amy Saunders, September 27, 2018 published in House & Garden.

In 2019 Shaun Gaylard designed the R500 limited edition gold commemoration coin for The South African Mint Company. Read an article from 26 Apr 2019 in News24 and another article by Graham Wood published on 11 August 2019 in the Sunday Times.

In 2020 Shaun set himself the task of drawing a building a day for the whole year RSA365. (See Rapport article right).

Click here to see all the drawings.

Books by GAYLARD

Gaylard, Shaun & McDougall, Brett . 2022. RSA 365 : 365 Drawings of South African Architecture. Johannesburg: Blank Ink Design