Creature: Paintings, Drawings, and Reflections (Hardcover)
Shaun Tan is one of the world’s most highly acclaimed narrative artists—his stories and images are loved by countless young and not-so-young readers around the world. Drawing upon 25 years as a picture book and comics creator, painter, and film-maker, Creature explores the central obsession of this visionary artist, from casual doodles to studied oil-paintings.
Beyond sketches for acclaimed works such as The Arrival, The Lost Thing, and Tales From Outer Suburbia, this volume collects together for the first time unseen and stand-alone illustrations, each resonant with unwritten tales of their own. Detailed commentary by the artist offers an entertaining insight into the endless allure of imaginary, non-human beings and what they might tell us about our so-called “normal” human selves.
Artists, writers, students, dreamers, and anyone interested in the deeper undercurrents of creativity, myth, and visual metaphor will find inspiration in these pages.
P R A I S E
"Weird and wonderful. Tan often explores the junction between adult experience and childhood memory."
—The Sydney Morning Herald
"A strange beast: dark, whimsical and deeply moving."
"Like Miyazaki, Tan engages audiences across a wide range of age and sophistication."
—The New York Times
“Whimsical, cerebral, socially aware, grotesque and cuddly, Tan's artistic universe runs the emotional gamut.”—NPR
“This much-anticipated volume is an engaging collection of essays illuminating Tan’s methods, and includes advice for writers and artists. Drawing upon 25 years as a picture book and comic creator, painter and filmmaker, Creature explores the central obsession of Tan’s vision, from casual doodles to oil paintings.” — Print Magazine
“[Creature] is a visually exhilarating and hallucinatory book. It represents everything about creatureliness that is vulnerable, untameable, frightening, rule-breaking and free.”— Orion Magazine
[STAR] “In this affecting retrospective, author/illustrator Tan acts as artist, curator, interpretive essayist, and catalog editor for a gallery of over two hundred pieces of his own works that highlight a dominant theme of animate beings—some real, most invented, but all fellow travelers through our world and through our psyches.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred)