Academics, historians, archaelogists, all of them – they struggled for years to uncover the true facts behind the work of this artist. Who was the person behind these remarkable works that were beloved by fans and valued by clients all over the world? Who was the genius behind the mask? A conference was held in which experts debated possible theories – could their talent have been explained by the fact that they were secretly a collective? Or a front for an underground sweatshop? Or perhaps they were bestowed with imagemaking powers as their home planet crumbled to pieces and they were sent to earth to keep us safe, with pictures? These were all possible. Then there was the other guy, in the corner, who suggested that maybe they just didn’t give us a bio. He was laughed out of the room, and the rest of the experts met in the bar for drinks.
Place of Birth:
Gore, New Zealand
Currently Living in:
Train, bus, bike, or other:
What's the most important object in your studio?
Paper or Plastic?
If you could resurrect one no longer living person to have lunch with, knowing you will have to return them to the grave right after coffee, who would it be?
How cruel! Edward Gorey may relish it though.
Preferred method of dealing with an encounter with an acquaintance whose name you can't remember.
Mia culpa, upfront.
Why don't you flip the tortoise over, Leon?
He may be happy that way.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Do we really need to know? If it floats his boat let him get on with it.
Favourite client so far?
The current one.
Favourite imaginary client?
The next one, I’m wildly optimistic.
How does your mother describe your profession?
She is on the case and calls me an illustrator… thanks Ma!
Coffee or tea?
Coffee (double shot)
What's your earliest drawing memory?
Some scratchy chalk board work.
How do you prefer to spend your mornings?
Coffee (double shot), paper, backyard.
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