Australian artist and author Leigh Hobbs is best known for the many children’s books he has written and illustrated featuring his characters Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, Mr Chicken, Fiona the Pig, Mr Badger and the FREAKS in 4F. In 2019 he was honoured by Australia Post with a stamp as an ‘Australian Legend of Children’s Literature’. He was the 2016 – 2017 Australian Children’s Laureate.
This exhibition takes a closer look at Leigh Hobbs, his art and the development of his famous characters. It includes giclee prints, original illustrations and treasures from Leigh’s studio including original sketches, sketch books and art materials.
Recently Leigh has created a series of short films, the “That’s Me” series of films, which talk about the ideas behind each of his beloved characters, and where the inspiration comes from.
Credit: Leigh Hobbs' working drawings and tools of the trade - Books Illustrated