Peter Gouldthorpe

Peter Gouldthorpe was born in Melbourne in 1954 and in 1973 moved to Tasmania where he now lives. 
 
He is recognised as one of Australia's most versatile and skilful illustrators, adept at capturing and evoking the deepest emotions through his art, notably in picture books for older readers.
 
Apart from illustrating children's books, Peter also paints landscapes, portraits and commissioned work, and designs stage sets. His outstanding illustrations can be seen in such popular picture books as Paul Jennings' Grandad's Gifts, Gary Crew's First Light, Hist! by C.J. Dennis and Libby Hathorn's The Wonder Thing.

Peter has received many awards and commendations for his beautiful work, including the Children's Book Council 'Picture Book of the Year' Award for First Light in 1994  Hist! was shortlisted for the 1992 CBC Children's Picture Book of the Year, and he was also shortlisted for Grandad's Gifts in 1993. The Lost Diamonds of Killiecrankie, also a collaborative effort with Gary Crew, was a CBC Notable Book in 1996. Peter has also been awarded the International IBBY Honour Diploma (Australia) 1996 as well as an inaugural Australia Council grant for book illustration.
 
Of his illustration work, Peter Gouldthorpe says "everyone gets pictures in their head when they read. The better the writing, the stronger the images. The real trick is getting some of those ‘pictures’ onto the page." He always begins with lines, circles and sometimes a range of tones on scraps of paper. In Peter’s head these scribbles already contain the scene, complete with characters and background.  The picture is under way… but it might take up to two weeks to finish!
 

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