Michael Leunig

Michael Leunig is an Australian cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet.

His commentary on political, cultural and emotional life spans more than 50 years and has often explored the idea of an innocent and sacred personal world. 

The fragile ecosystem of human nature and its relationship to the wider natural world is a related and recurrent theme. 

His newspaper work appears regularly and the Melbourne Age and Sydney Morning Herald, and his cartoons have been compiled into various books including the Curly Flats series and The Adventures of Vasco Pyjama.

He describes his approach as regressive, humorous, messy, mystical and primal. 

Producing work which is open to many interpretations and has been widely adapted in education, music, theater, psychotherapy and spiritual life. 


A lot of what he says in this conversation resonates very deeply with me, and is a fascinating insight into a marvellous artistic mind:

“What is most personal is most universal.”

“I’m trying to uphold that idea of wisdom.”

“It’s OK to be yourself. Not only is it OK, I think it’s essential.”


If you'd like to learn more about Leunig please visit leunig.com.au



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