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UniSA celebrates 40 years of illustrative power

Beginning in November, the University of South Australia presents The Power of Illustration: A Legacy for the Future. Covering 40 years of innovation, culture, and commerce, this exhibition will show the works of various alumni from all different areas of illustration.

From book illustrators, to brand specialists, and even tattooists, this exhibition will demonstrate the power of teaching and practice on a local, national, and international scale. With over 50 illustrators set to display their work during the month-long exhibition, the exhibition promises to be a feast for the eyes.

Below are just a few of the illustrators presenting:

Poh Ling Yeow with one of her full size render pieces

Poh Ling Yeow

Bachelor of Visual Communication

“Yeow's works emphatically explore notions of belonging and origin. As a fifth-generation Chinese Malaysian Yeow's paintings are an attempt at reconciling this heritage with her Western identity. Her traditionally-influenced scenic pieces and sometimes whimsical use of Chinese iconography acknowledges the fragmentation of her Chinese cultural experience.”



Dan Withey, Reality, Acrylic on Canvas, 300cm W by 200cm H, 2017

Daniel Withey

Bachelor of Visual Communication (Illustration Design)

“Clean lines, vivid colours and solid shapes are the mainstays that make up Withey’s characters. Their simplicity combines human and animal forms into creatures that are neither one nor the other. It’s also worth noticing that his characters are almost exclusively masculine suggesting their role as the artist’s alter egos. Together with their tribal elements, his characters hold a totemic quality, each with its own subtle emotion used to capture Withey’s feelings at the time it was created.”



Amanda Graham's illustration of wombat

Amanda Graham

Bachelor of Design Illustration

“Amanda Graham writes and illustrates picture books and short stories for young children. Her first book, Arthur (ill. Donna Gynell, Era Publications), appeared in 1984 and won the UK Children’s Federation Award and was short-listed for the CBCA Awards.

“Amanda’s most recent book is Fancy Pants (Little Big Book Club), written by Kelly Hibbert.

“Other titles include Smart Dad (Omnibus), Wilbur (author Phil Cummings, Little Big Book Club), Picasso the green tree frog (ill. John Siow, Era Publications) and Educating Arthur (ill. Donna Gynell, Era Publications)

“Amanda writes, illustrates and teaches in the Adelaide Hills.”



Illustrated stationary by Nerissa Douglas

Nerissa Douglas

Bachelor of Design (Illustration Design)

“It all started in 2011 with a range of Christmas cards born from a passion for good design combined with a commitment to environmental and social responsibility. Like many new creative start-ups, we headed off to our local weekend market armed with our self-funded new card range to see if anybody else shared our vision of greatness!

“Six years later, after a design award or two and many more weekend markets and trade shows around Australia, One Hectare has its own dedicated online store and a retail studio in Adelaide's gorgeous Regent Arcade on Rundle Mall.”



Matthew Remphrey

Bachelor of Illustration Design
Female portrait design by Matthew Remphrey

“Matthew’s work has been published and highly awarded both nationally and internationally. Notable awards include two Pinnacles and numerous distinctions from the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) Awards; President’s Award—Design Institute of Australia; Gold Chair (Best of Show) twice—Adelaide Advertising and Design Club; Best of Show—Australasian Packaging Awards; Awards of Excellence—Communication Arts; Gold—Graphis; In Book—D&AD. Matthew is a past president of the South Australian chapter of AGDA and a past vice president of AGDA’s national council. He is also asked regularly to judge awards programs and give lectures on design and branding to the design and wider business community.”


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The exhibition is running from 3 November – 1 December at the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre’s Kerry Packer Civic Gallery.

Date: 3 November – 1 December
Time: Mon to Fri 9am-5pm, Thurs 9am-7pm
Venue: Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre's Kerry Packer Civic Gallery
Hawke Building Level 3, UniSA City West campus

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