Otto Dettmer

Artist Printmaker

Short biography


Otto is a Graphic Artist who practices as Illustrator, Screen Printer and Book Artist. His image making derives from the screen printing method. His influences are Russian Constructivist designs, Polish poster art and Renaissance painting.

Otto has worked as Editorial Illustrator since graduating in 1991 from Bristol Polytechnic in Graphic Design. He has in the main been illustrating for international newspapers and magazines, The Guardian, The Economist, Libération, Le Monde, The New York Times, Der Freitag, and many others.


After an MA Illustration course at Kingston University he began creating and publishing screen printed books. All aspects of the books from conception, content, design, printing and binding are the Artists' work, except where collaborations are indicated.

Otto's visual narratives experiment with new designs and endeavour to push the boundaries of visual language. The work is shown at major international Artists’ book fairs like Bristol, London, New York, Berlin amongst others, where he trades as ottoGraphic.

Otto also makes individual prints, often but not always in connection to the books.


Otto works at a fully equipped screen printing workshop near Bath UK, Marshfield Screen Print, which he set up in 2011.