Be enchanted by large-scale works from more than 60 of Australia’s best-loved book illustrators at NGV Studio.
Drawn from a collection of Australian children’s book illustrations donated to the NGV by Albert Ullin OAM, this exhibition of 89 original illustrations presents an overview of children’s picture books produced over the past 40 years.
In the 1970s and 1980s the art of illustration rapidly developed, and a new generation of illustrators emerged who helped shape a dynamic and diverse profession.
Works from this period include classics such as Ron Brooks’s The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek, Peter Pavey’s One Dragon’s Dream and Graeme Base’s The Eleventh Hour.
The exhibition covers a great range of subjects and styles, showcasing the wonderful visual imagination of Australian illustrators.
Bunyips and Dragons will appeal to both children and adults and will be accompanied by a variety of children’s programs.
Handsome webbed feet? called the Bunyip (1973)
illustration for The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek by Jenny Wagner, published by Longman Young Books in association with Childerset, Melbourne, 1973, pp. [10-11]
pen and ink and watercolour
20.7 x 55.8 cm (image) 25.6 x 56.0 cm (image and text) 30.5 x 61.0.0 cm (sheet)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Albert Ullin OAM, 2014
© Ron Brooks, 1973