Graham Warsop, an Englishman and recently graduated barrister, arrived in South Africa in 1987, with no intention of practicing law and every intention of finishing a novel.
But what was supposed to be a short vacation was destined to become a lifetime vocation, set in motion by a shortage of funds and one job vacancy for a junior copywriter at a local agency.
A year and a half later he would go on to found an agency of his own, The Jupiter Drawing Room. One that, over the next twenty years, would become one of the world’s most awarded independent creative agencies, and Graham, the most awarded creative director in South African advertising history.
There would be many highlights, late nights, and bottles of Bollinger to be had along the way.
From being the first South African creative director to have print work accepted into the prestigious D&AD Annual, to winning South Africa’s first Gold Lion for print at Cannes.
Graham was also the first local creative to judge the ‘big four’ global shows: Cannes, D&AD, One Show and Clio Awards. He is a three-time Hall of Famer; making history as the youngest-ever New York Festival inductee in addition to being the Most Awarded Creative Director in the 20-year history of the London International Awards.
Most recently, he was inducted into the Loeries Hall of Fame in 2013, an honour recognising his contribution to the South African industry over the past 25 years.
Despite the many accolades, he is by no means slowing down (how could he before earning knighthood from Her Majesty?). Graham continues to bear the torch, whether that be growing the Jupiter brand across Africa, offering cases of Bollinger to South Africans who win a Cyber Digital Lion at Cannes, or by inspiring the next generation of creatives in Utopia.