Contemporary painter, cartoonist, poet and writer
painter, cartoonist, poet and writer, was born in Footscray, Melbourne, only son of the three children of an abattoir worker; one of his sisters is the cartoonist Mary Leunig . A self-taught artist, he began drawing cartoons for university student newspapers, especially Monash University’s Lot’s Wife where his work first appeared in 1965 when he was a student at the Swinburne Film and Television School. He left in his third year, having been offered a job on 'a new professional newspaper’ (according to Good Weekend 1998, 31) Newsday , an afternoon daily in the Age stable established to rival the Melbourne Herald . He had already published work in the first issue of the short-lived Age fortnightly magazine, Broadside (March 1969). He recollected in Good Weekend 1998, 31:
It was in the midst of a mental block back at Newsday one Saturday morning when I had a total disillusionment with politics. It was all too grim – the Vietnam War and the Liberal Government of the time being so conservative. I’d been to Canberra and seen the hypocrisy of the politicians, these bitter enemies in the House all drinking together afterwards and making deals and talking to journalists, and I thought, “This is all bullshit. It’s a kind of organised sport and I’m not going to be part of it.” ... I drew a cartoon about a fella who puts a ...
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