Shaun Tan - "The Bird King (Egg)" (2009) - pencil on paper - 21 x 29.7cm (8.2"x11.6")

Shaun Tan - "The Bird King (Egg)" (2009) - pencil on paper - 21 x 29.7cm (8.2"x11.6")

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The Bird King (Egg) (2009)

Pencil on paper

21 x 29.7 cm (8.2"x11.6")


"This drawing was originally published as the title page for The Bird King (2010). The character of the bird king is one that reappears in a number of my sketchbooks, but its meaning remains elusive to me, making it all the more attractive as the subject of many unwritten narratives". - Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan grew up in Perth and works as an artist, writer and filmmaker in Melbourne. He is best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through dream-like imagery: The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia and the graphic novel The Arrival have been widely translated throughout the world and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer and a concept artist for Pixar. In 2011 he received the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden, in recognition of his services to literature for young people.

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