CELEBRATING LEUNIG: An Artistic Exploration Beyond the Fringe

Art enthusiasts and admirers of Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig's iconic works have a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in his profound artistic realm at Art Images Gallery in Norwood, Adelaide. The exhibition, running until March 17, 2024, offers a multifaceted glimpse into Leunig's creative genius as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Presented at the gallery's spacious venue, the showcase features an eclectic array of original paintings, hand-written poems, pen-and-ink drawings, etchings, and prints. Leunig, hailed as an Australian National Living Treasure, unveils his largest and most diverse collection yet, inviting viewers to delve into themes of imagination, satire, and the human experience.

Renowned for his incisive newspaper cartoons, Leunig crafts poignant commentary that transcends current events to delve into the intricacies of human existence. Described by media commentator Philip Adams as someone who "weaponised whimsy," Leunig's works navigate the delicate balance between the profound and the whimsical.

His distinctive imagery, ranging from quirky line drawings to evocative paintings, captures the essence of life's moments with a blend of humor, melancholy, and provocation. With a poetic touch evident in his handwritten verses and ditties, Leunig's art resonates across generations, offering a glimpse into the complexities of the human psyche.

From the whimsical to the profound, Leunig's creations defy categorisation, inviting viewers to ponder and reflect on the myriad facets of existence. The exhibition stands as a testament to Leunig's enduring legacy as both a cartoonist and a poet, showcasing the breadth and depth of his artistic vision.

For those unable to attend in person, the exhibition is also available for viewing online at Art Images Gallery's website, providing a virtual gateway into Leunig's captivating world of artistic expression.

On Now until March 17, 2024. Free Event at Art Images Gallery, 32 The Parade, Norwood, Adelaide SA.

Gallery Manager Olivia Dryden with Leunig artwork: Love Dance with Stars and Flowers