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Saturday, 7 August 2010

Michael and Mary Leunig

Michael Leunig is an Australian cartoonist/philosopher extraordinaire. I've been following his whimsical work for years:

I am also a big fan of his sister (?) Mary Leunig who is also an illustrator with four books published: One Happy Family, No Place Like Home, Black and White and Gray and A Piece of Cake. Mary's work is much darker than Michael's and perhaps as a result, less popular. At least that might explain why it was so difficult to source one of her images online. All I could come up with was this book cover:

Whilst Michael's work is gentle and poignant, Mary wields her pen like a knife at times. She translates the world of families, domesticity and relationships into images you can't help but react to.

They both give me a kick, albeit in very different ways.


marionjoy said...

where is mary leunig? i have been a fan for many year, but have not spotted her work for a long time ... nice to put brother and sister together here, by the way ..

Lavendar Lee said...

Hi there,

I think your best bet is to source her work online through Amazon or similar sites. I don't know if she has published anything in recent years. Iv've always stumbled across her work by lucky accident at secondhand bookshops etc. Good luck and nice to know that she has a fan base out there.

Amy C said...

Mary has a dozen drawings in a recent issue of Heat Literary Journal (Heat 23). She also does drawings for my blog Revival, which is about op shops.

Anonymous said...

Here is a link to Mary's site: