Childhood drawings in Shaun Tan exhibition

Shaun Tan givning a work-shop for students during the Award week i Stockholm in May 2011. Photo: Stefan Tell

Shaun Tan giving a work-shop for students during the Award week i Stockholm in May 2011. Photo: Stefan Tell

The Real and the Imaginary. That’s the title of an exhibition of the works of Shaun Tan, which runs until September 1st at the Bendigo Art Gallery in Victoria, Australia.

The exhibition highlights the breadth of his creative practice and technical skill, which includes the The Visitor (acrylic & oils on paper) from Tales from Outer Suburbia (2007), among many other pieces. Some are infact from Shaun’s childhood. “They’re quite brilliant for a child to be drawing them,” says Co-curator Claire Needham.

Almost all exhibits come from Shaun’s own collection and include tiny sketchbook doodles to large scale canvases, and from commercial illustration to personal artwork.

Listen to interview with co-curator Claire Needham here.

The visitor by Shaun Tan.

The visitor by Shaun Tan.

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