Robert Ingpen (b. 1936)
Robert Ingpen studied art and illustration at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology from 1955 - 1957. He has from the start been interested and involved in work for science and has focused on environmental and heritage issues. Colin Thiele’s Storm Boy was the book which first brought him recognition as an outstanding artist.
In l986 he became the only Australian to be awarded the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Encyclopaedia of Things That Never Were (1986). In l989 this was followed by the Australian Dromkeen Medal for his contributions to children’s literature. Exhibitions of his work have been held in both Europe and America. In Britain, Blackie published The Idle Bear in l986 and in the last few years he has been published by Walker Books with Who is the World For?, written by Tom Pow and a non-fiction title, Shakespeare: his Work and his World, written by Michael Rosen.
He also worked with Palazzo editions producing The Wizards Book of Spells, and in 2004 he was commissioned to produce illustrations for the centenary edition of Peter Pan and Wendy, published by Templar. Last year also saw a retrospective catalogue of his work published by Neugeauer entitled Pictures Telling Stories - The Art of Robert Ingpen. Robert Ingpen lives in Victoria, Australia.