They made their own houses 1997
illustration for The Rabbits by John Marsden, published by Thomas C. Lothian, Melbourne, 1998, pp. [9-10]
synthetic polymer paint, gouache and coloured pencil
34.8 x 52.3 cm (image) 39.7 x 56.2 cm (sheet)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Albert Ullin OAM, 2014
The NGV is now showing a very exuberant exhibition on children’s book illustrators such Allison Lester, Shaun Tan,Leigh Hobbs , Frank Moffatt and other exciting illustrators.
I was particularly inspired by and interested to see Shaun Tan’s ‘They made their own houses’ Which is his most glorified work because of his depiction of the white invasion on the indigenous Australian’s.
Other illustrations there sparked many memories of books that had been turned into television series such as Leigh Hobb’s ‘Old Tom.’