#About the event
Ross Morgan is an emerging fine artist and illustrator who has featured work in multiple exhibitions and published his first picture book in 2020. In conversation with interviewer Sarah Davis, Ross explores his fascination for the visual narrative, diving into how he develops characters and environments to tell a story through pictures.
A fine artist and illustrator from Adelaide, South Australia, Ross Morgan completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of South Australia in 2000. Since then he has been exhibiting in numerous solo and group exhibitions, art prizes and running an independent studio practice.
From an early age growing up in the mid-north of South Australia, Ross consistently enjoyed exploring the rural environment filled with creatures, abandoned structures, machinery and objects of yesteryear. He also practiced drawing, painting, and arts and crafts projects encouraged by his mother at the kitchen table. These early experiences have been key in establishing his life-long interest in drawing and painting.
Ross has a fascination for the visual narrative, and loves developing characters, stories and environments. As an exhibiting artist he explored many of his drawings and paintings as a collective series or sequence, creating an experience of story-telling through pictures. Many of these conceptual and personal artworks have featured in an ongoing series of solo exhibitions. He has also completed a number of commercial commission projects for films, corporate events, and international art collectors.
His love of the visual narrative lead him on the path of wanting to create illustrated stories and books. In 2018 he won the Raising Literacy Australia's Emerging Author and Illustrator Mentoring Project. Through this initiative he completed his first illustrated book Molly Moores has a House Like Yours'written by Kaliah Tsakalidis and published by Little Book Press in 2020.
Currently Ross is working on a number of new picture book projects as both author and illustrator.
Sarah Davis is a multiple award-winning illustrator, and associate art director for Walker Books Australia. She won the CBCA Crichton Illustration Award for her first picture book, Mending Lucille, in 2009, and since then has gone on to illustrate over 50 titles, in a range of styles and genres. She has an Honours degree in literature, and her love of language and narrative underpins her illustration work. With each project she experiments with new ways to construct visual narratives, working across a range of media. Sarah has collaborated with many major publishing houses and commercial clients across Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the UK. An experienced presenter with a teaching background, she regularly speaks at schools, festivals and universities throughout Australia and internationally. Sarah is also proud to be an ambassador for Room to Read.