WA writers’ websites #4 : Shaun Tan


Shaun Tan (1974-) has become one of Western Australia’s best known illustrators and writers, especially after the amazing success of The Arrival in the last year. (He lives in Melbourne now, but I think we can still call him Western Australian.) His children’s books are that rare kind that I enjoy reading on their own terms.

His website is one of the best looking you will find, with cute black and white cartoons as buttons. Under the ‘projects’ section, you’ll find an interesting account of how he painted the two murals in the Subiaco Library.  It includes photos of him at work and of the finished artwork.

Before you go sending him an email asking ‘How did you become an artist?’ or some other question he gets asked every day, he’s provided a comprehensive FAQ

It’s a generous website, with lots of illustrations and lots of personal insight into what he does and why.

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