Chloe Heffernan

Documentational Illustrator

Irish-Mancunian illustrator, Heffernan was drawn to art from an early age. Originally self-taught, she has a first class BA in Illustration and is currently studying an MA in Illustration at the University of Edinburgh.  She is continuing to build an increasing portfolio of work over a broad range of mediums, exploring the Celtic tradition of documenting and honouring moments and memories.

Heffernan produces a broad range of artwork, designs, and illustrations. Her informative years were split between Manchester and the idyllic Irish countryside of Mayo. This is apparent in her art; a fusion of brutalist linework and organic forms and subjects, drawing upon natural, pastoral, and industrial themes.

Taking influence from every-day experience and the associated memories allows for interrogation into their intricate details and hidden beauty of the simplistic and everyday. Chloe combines these parts to form powerful eclectic images – the stark aesthetic of a receipt alongside a detailed illustration of a country cottage, the organic curves of three chasing pagan hares against the cold expanse of a digital white backdrop.

Inspired by illustration’s potential to record the colloquial and its application as a documentational method of notetaking through art. Distilling a moment or refining a message, such a strength of illustration based-art, whether in a gallery or as editorial artwork.




Email: c.heffernan @ sms

Latest Exhibitions


Lockdown Food Cupboard

The Nut and Nettle, Bridlington


Aesthetica Magazine: YSJ Degree Show


Landlocked (Installation)



Spark: York St. John Winter Show



Foundation Degree Show

Xaverian College, Manchester