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Michael Leunig Exhibition

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
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Humour in great seriousness
Michael Leunig (most commonly known at Leunig as per the signature on his works) is a one of a kind original.

Michael Leunig
The Holy Fool by Michael Leunig (©paula mcmanus)

Michael Leunig, a fifth generation Australian, never went to art school. After failing Year 12 high school twice, he got a job at the local slaughterhouse in Footscray, Melbourne with his father. While working at the meatworks, Leunig would dream up artistic ideas. The nature of his work led him to a level of sensitivity towards his human and animal art subjects.

Michael Leunig
Michael Leunig exhibition (©paula mcmanus)

For more than 40 years, Leunig's cartoons and poetry have struck a chord with Australians. His humour is dark; his themes are provocative. Apart from resonating widely with those who follow his work, it also results in him receiving heavy criticism from the media. He was even once charged with obscenity, a charge which was overturned by the judge who said that "if something was genuinely funny it couldn't be obscene"

Michael Leunig
Be Brave by Michael Leunig (©paula mcmanus)

While Leunig is best known for cartoons, he is also a noted painter. His influences are Matisse, Chagall, Klee, Miro and the indigenous artists from communities in Alice Springs and Cape York, where he worked.

Michael Leunig
Michael Leunig exhibition (©paula mcmanus)

He was declared an Australian National Living Treasure by the National Trust of Australia in 1999 but never attended the ceremony to receive his award. It's believed that he declined the invitation because he did not own a suit.

Michael Leunig
Michael Leunig exhibition (©paula mcmanus)

Michael's artworks appear regularly in the Melbourne Age and the Sydney Morning Herald newspapers. He describes his approach as "regressive, humorous, messy, mystical, primal and vaudevillian".

Michael Leunig
Tiny Little Thing by Michael Leunig (©paula mcmanus)

Michael Leunig's works really pack a punch. They are challenging and offer a unique perspective on Australian life and our politics; while being charming, full of hope and heartwarming at the same time.

For information on current and upcoming exhibitions at Art Images Gallery, be sure to like their Facebook page

Art Images Gallery. 32 The Parade, Norwood

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 2pm to 5pm

Entry cost:

All artworks are for sale.

Michael Leunig
Michael Leunig exhibition (©paula mcmanus)

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Why? See the works of Michael Leunig
When: Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 2pm to 5pm
Phone: (08) 8363 0806
Where: 32 The Parade, Norwood
Cost: Free
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On my list of places to visit.
Thanks Paula.
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