40 artists for the 40 hour famine

Poster for 2017 40 hour Famine

World Vision Australia contacted my agaency, the Jacky Winter Group, with an ambitious project for this year’s 40 hour famine – could they muster up 40 artists to create A2 poster images to raise awareness of the displacement of communities that is happening around the world at the moment? Having watched the horrors of the various conflicts in front of the comfort of a screen a far, far way away, of course I feel helpless; but as an Australian I also feel horror at the lack of understanding / empathy that our country displays on an official level, as well as the more ‘grass roots’ hatred shown by “nationalist” groups, so I was happy to make my small contribution.

Artist statement as follows:

When thinking of displacement, I couldn’t help but think of the loss of a place to call “home”, and small reminders such as a child’s slippers. The central figure is clutching a sprig of Jasmine, the national flower of Syria, in the hope that one day she can return in peace.

See the full suite of posters here: http://40artists.40hourfamine.com.au/

40 artists for the 40 hour famine

Illustrators Australia Awards

The latest ‘Illustrators Australia Awards’ have just been announced, and happy to say that my two entries scored a mention – firstly, my cover for Carole Wilkinson’s ‘Shadow Sister’ (Published by Black Dog / Walker Books) received a ‘Silver’ Commendation in the Books / Single category.

Shadow Sister
Shadow Sister

My other entry unfortunately is under embargo until October 31, 2015 – even though the artwork has been in the pipeline for 18 months or so! Happy to announce that I was commissioned to provide the artwork for Australia Post’s 2015 ‘Traditional Christmas’ stamps, which received a ‘Highly Commended’ in the Institutional / Series category. Can’t wait to show you the artwork , but until then, all I can show is this:

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Many thanks to the judges Anita Kunz, Tim Claeys, Lisa Berryman, Bil Donovan and Peter Viska – The rest of the results can be viewed here.

Illustrators Australia Awards