Shaun Tan is an artist that I really like. I’ve actually met him before at an exhibition not that long ago. He is a very nice guy. You might have heard of him. He makes books and other kinds of artwork like painting where you use a shirt. Lots of weird stuff when it comes to Shaun Tan.
This is the cover for a book that was a big hit when a movie was released copying the drawings of his book, it’s called the Lost Thing. They do very good describing in it like this from the book: “we came to a dark grey building with no windows”. That is a very good part of the book, it hits my mind every time I think of it.
Shaun Tan makes other books. He made one I am quite fond of, it’s called “Eric” and I’m about to show you the cover of Eric and this is it:
Eric is a book about a little monster guy who comes to visit, and the lost thing is about a thing that feels like it’s lost.
He has lots of exhibitions and that is how I met him. The exhibition that I met him at was one about landscape paintings that he made. It was landscapes all around Brunswick, Victoria. He has a website so you can see his stuff on that: www.shauntan.net
There was an exhibition at No Vacancy. It was Shaun Tan’s. The exhibition was called the Singing Bones. A very good one with sculptures made by him. He likes drawing monsters and stuff, you know what I mean? At the exhibition you could make clay sculptures on a table. I made a volcano, Shea made a volcano, a monster holding a burger that was drooling because of how excited it was and a white cat with deep eyes and a fish. My volcano had lava dripping off the table. All of the artworks that we made had stuff dripping off the table.
Shaun Tan has another website. This one he posts stuff like everyday! And this is the link: thebirdking.blogspot.com.au/. It’s a very cool blog.
Shaun Tan made a really good book called Tales from Suburbia which has little short stories including Eric and Broken Toys, another of his stories, a matter of a fact, a really good one indeed. I’m about to post in the cover:
This is Shaun Tan’s about me on his website:
“Shaun Tan grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the ‘good drawer’ which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works as an artist and author in Melbourne.
Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery. The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia, Rules of Summer and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been widely translated and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, a concept artist for animated films including Pixar’s WALL-E, and directed the Academy Award-winning short film The Lost Thing with Passion Pictures Australia. In 2011 he received the presitgious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, honouring his contribution to international children’s literature.”
And this is the end of part 1 of Shaun Tan. Stay in tune with BlytheHamlinKirk.COM to see part 2.