Author(s): Michael Leunig
At the heart of Michael Leunig's work lies the idea of the holy fool - a character who does not conform to social norms of behaviour because of mental disability or as a deliberate choice, but is regarded as having a compensating divine blessing or inspiration. The holy fool is the protagonist in most of Michael's paintings and cartoons. He is, in short, that strange person with the big nose, Mr Curly, and Vasco Pyjama. In Holy Fool over 240 of Michael Leunig's artworks are collected together for the first time in a book - ranging from paintings, to sculpture, from prints to drawings. As wonderful as his cartoons are, in Holy Fool we see so much more of the artistic expression of Michael Leunig. Filled with his trademark, lunacy, poignancy and arrow to the heart wisdom Holy Fool is the must-have volume for the legion of Leunig fans.
What a rich and wonderful book this is - for those who love the wry comedy of Leunig and for those who appreciate distinctive artistic talent. The 'Holy Foo'l is a character to whom Leunig keeps returning. He writes at length about the importance of mature innocence: being able to perceive life with the simplicity of a free spirit. These paintings and drawings are filled with elements of artists from Klee to Chagall to Picasso, yet remain fresh and original. A well-priced hardback full of surprises. I couldn’t resist buying it - can you? - Maclean
Michael Leunig is an Australian cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet.