Thomas Hilland is a graduate of Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. His visual career began as a designer for Condé Nast titles such as Vogue and Traveller - followed by the position as Art Director for Benetton’s Colors Magazine in Italy - working together with infamous photographer and provocateur Oliviero Toscani. While at Colors, he also edited and designed the art book 1000 Objects, published by Taschen.

Hilland later made the switch to advertising as a Creative at London maverick agency Mother – where he was behind award-winning work such as UK Campaign of the Year for ITV, as well as awards in D&AD and British Arrows. While at Mother, he was also in charge of the agency’s artistic output, including editing and designing the photo book ‘Places to Go, People to See – published by Die Gestalten Verlag, and curating the exhibition ‘Mother Christmas’ for iconic fashion shop Colette in Paris.

Outside of his work in advertising, Hilland pursued his passion for film through directing several acclaimed music videos, including the video for “Eple” by Norwegian electronica duo Röyksopp. Shortly after he was nominated for the YBA Young Directors Award in Cannes, which led to him taking up film directing full-time.

Since then, Thomas Hilland has been working internationally as a commercial director, employing his visual skills and diverse range for brands across the world, including clients such as Diesel, Adidas, Coca Cola, Mercedes, Visa and Ballantine’s Whisky. His signature visual style has led to numerous awards on both sides of the Atlantic, such as the Cannes Lions, Epica and The One Show.

Hilland is now adding video art to his portfolio, bringing his visual vocabulary into the art world – exploring the creation of immersive visual work to be experienced in art galleries and public spaces.

His work is represented at Norway’s National Gallery as part of their contemporary audiovisual collection.