Shaun Tan

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Shuan Tan is an outstanding multi-award winning artist and writer from Australia. His works are remarkable for their dream-like surreal character and the sharp style of his illustration. The stories operate on multiple levels of meaning and although they are directed at a variety of ages, I’d say they’re closer to adult fables than to children’s stories. Through the characters in his stories and the symbolism of his drawings, Shaun Tan pursues questions of meaning of life and creates airs of both depression and happiness.

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The Rabbits, The Red Tree, The Lost Thing and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrivalare his major works, but Tan also engages projects dealing with theatre and animation; his most recently published book is Tales from Outer Suburbia. He worked as a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar’s WALL-E and is currently directing a short film animation. Drawn has published both a video and a written interview with Tan, which are both worth checking out.

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