Drew Berry is a biomedical animator who creates beautiful, accurate visualisations of the dramatic cellular and molecular action that is going on inside our bodies. He began his career as a cell biologist and is fluent navigating technical reports, research data and models from scientific journals. As an artist, he works as a translator, transforming abstract and complicated scientific concepts into vivid and meaningful visual journeys. Since 1995 he has been a biomedical animator at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. His animations have exhibited at venues such as the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Royal Institute of Great Britain and the University of Geneva. In 2010, he received a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant”.
Recognition and awards:
• Doctorate of Technology (hc), Linköping University Sweden, 2016 • MacArthur Fellowship, USA 2010 • New York Times “If there is a Steven Spielberg of molecular animation, it is probably Drew Berry” 2010 • The New Yorker “[Drew Berry’s] animations are astonishingly beautiful” 2008 • American Scientist “The admirers of Drew Berry, at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Australia, talk about him the way Cellini talked about Michelangelo” 2009 • Nature Niche Prize, UK 2008 • Emmy “DNA” Windfall Films, UK 2005 • BAFTA “DNA Interactive” RGB Co, UK 2004