We were immensely sad to learn today of the death of Gideon Baws from animation directing team Shynola.
Gideon, who was 33, died in the US where he had been on holiday. Early reports suggested this had happened on Saturday night in Los Angeles, but we now learn that this may not have been the case (this story has been updated to reflect that). As yet we do not have confirmation of the exact circumstances of this tragic event.
The four members of Shynola - Gideon, Jason Groves, Chris Harding and Richard Kenworthy - met at the Kent Institute of Art and Design where they were studying illustration and film. As Shynola, they created some of the most memorable music videos of recent times, their work characterised often by a warm wit matched with great skill and invention. Animator David O'Reilly has posted a warm tribute to Gideon here while others are paying their respects at Antville
We would like to take this opportunity to extend our sympathies to Jason, Chris and Richard and to everyone who knew Gideon. A selection of Shynola work is shown below
Blur, Good Song
UNKLE, An Eye For An Eye
Junior Senior, Move Your Feet
More are archived here
Its a real shame when people who have so much to offer die young. I'd meet him a few times and he was really great guy, who is, and will be, sadly missed.
My sincerest condolences go out to his close friends and family.
I was so sad to hear this.
When I first started out, Gideon was one of the first people to give me a chance and it was an absolute pleasure to work for him. He was immensely talented and always had time for me when I needed help or advice about anything.
Gid, you'll be missed greatly by all those who knew you and by the massive number of people who never met you but loved your work.
A real gent and a lovely guy...
Shocked and very sad to hear the news.
I've been an admirer of him and Shynola's work since their humble beginnings.
He'll be sorely missed.
May his creative flare continue to inspire.
I still can't believe it. His girlfriend worked with me for many years and I know he was her soulmate. The perfect couple parted so soon.
He was a creative genius and his work still amazes me.
Such a terrible shame.
I was lucky enough to meet Gideon on two occasions and he struck me as a complete gent with a real passion for the life he had created. It's a terrible loss to the world that this great guy is no longer with it, especially under such tragic circumstances.
My thoughts are with his wife, family and the other Shynola guys.
Such sad news.
My thoughts are with the rest of the incredible team and all of his friends and family.
Gideon will not be forgotten, Shynola's clips have been a constant source of inspiration for me for a very long time. I'll never forget watching the video premiere for Pyramid Song. He leaves behind an incredible legacy.
I dont think anyone can quite believe he is gone. I worked with him several times and it was a pleasure, he went out of his way to make things the best they could possibly be. He was a lovely, friendly, helpful, funny, inspiring and of course massively talented man.
I remember Gideon Baws.
He was in my tutor group at school.
This was a horrendous tragedy that led Gideon to have lost his life at such a young age.
My thoughts are with his family!
I am absolutely shocked.
Gideon was such a lovely man and so talented and funny. It was an honour to know him. I can only imagine what his friends and family and the guys in Shynola are going through. My thoughts are with all of you.
Much love xxx
and why did he die?
having heard the news at the weekend i am still in shock at how to deal with this sad sad news. gideon was a one off original - that rare thing of huge talent, generosity of spirit, enormous fun and a totally nice man. the world needs more souls like him and his loss has robbed us off someone very special who was loved by so many. my thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends and shynola. i was lucky to have know him and the guys early in their careers and see their work rightly reach stellar acclaim. the great work lives on and so does his remarkable spirit. may it burn bright in all our memories. he will never be forgotten. from us all at onedotzero past and present it was an honour to have known and spent time in his company.
Very sad to hear the news. I have very fond memories of working with Shynola back in our Pizazz days. Gideon's passing is a great and tragic loss. My deepest sympathies and condolences to Kenny, Chris and Jason and to all of Gideon's family and friends.
Gideon was my first crush at junior school. I remember him joining, half way through the school year, aged seven. I liked him immediately. He showed artistic talent even then. Although, I haven't seen him since High School, I'll miss him. Always. ;',,-( You never forget your first crush...
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