City bear, nomadic hare displays at Brighton Library

Tull Suwannakit's illustrations will be on show at Brighton Library in July and August. | Image credit: Bayside Council.

The whimsical illustrations of artist Tull Suwannakit are set to feature at Brighton Library this winter in an engaging exhibition to promote children’s literacy.

Inspired by the beautiful little moments of life’s delights and sorrows, City bear, nomadic hare is a series of framed pencil and watercolour illustrations recollecting the artist’s journey as a children’s book illustrator living in various corners of the world.

Bayside Library Services Manager Karyn Siegmann said the exhibition was an opportunity for children to learn more about how the pictures in their favourite books come to life.

“Picture books are most children’s first introduction to reading so it is exciting to have an exhibition by award winning illustrator Tull Suwannakit touring our libraries as part of Council’s Artrium program,” she said.

Alongside the exhibition, Suwannakit will also conduct an illustration workshop and book reading at the library allowing Brighton residents to meet the artist and experience the picture book making process in a hands-on environment.

Originally from Thailand, Suwannakit is a talented visual artist, author and illustrator whose award-winning picture books have been published in Australia, USA, UK and Thailand.

With a background in fine art, sculpture and animation, Suwannakit is also a keen taxidermist using beautifully preserved specimens as inspiration for his work.

Suwannakit’s first Australian release, What Happen’s Next? received critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of The Year Awards in 2015.

City bear, nomadic hare displays at Brighton Library from July 13 – August 9.

The exhibition officially opens at Sandringham’s ARTrium space on Wednesday, February 24 and will also travel to Beaumaris, Sandringham and Hampton Libraries between March and September.

For more information, join Bayside City Council’s What’s On mailing list by emailing artevents@bayside.vic.gov.au