27 May 2015 Women With Altitude

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27 May 2015 Women With Altitude

Works by Judy Horacek, the Australian cartoonist, artist, writer and children’s book creator – perhaps best known for her ‘Women With Altitude’ image that has adorned fridges, tea towels, t-shirts and walls across the world - will be the focus of the Bunker Cartoon Gallery in June.


Opening at 6pm on Friday, June 5, ‘Women With Altitude’ will showcase her ongoing interests in feminism, immigration, the environment and social justice. She is currently published weekly in The Age newspaper, but her work has also appeared in The Australian and the Canberra Times.


Judy Horacek was also the illustrator of the very popular ‘Where Is the Green Sheep?’ and ‘Good Night, Sleep Tight’ children’s books by Mem Fox and is the resident cartoonist for a number of magazines.


“Judy’s work is very familiar to audiences worldwide and she has been a regular contributor to the Coffs Cartoon Collection by submitting entries in the Rotary Cartoon Awards. This exhibition also includes fine limited edition prints which will definitely be of interest to cartoon collectors,” said Dr Leigh Summers, the Gallery Curator/Director.


Everyone is invited to the Opening Night, which includes refreshments, as well as a special Artist’s Talk with Judy on Saturday June 6 at 10.30am. Bookings are essential, please call 6651 7343 to reserve a seat.


An exhibition of the work of local surf and skate culture artist Jimmy Wags will also open on June 5.

“Wags’ caricatures are elaborate, brightly-coloured manifestations of surf and skate culture that use their vibrancy to reference the physical nature of these sports,” said Dr Summers. “He portrays our coastal landscape with influences from cartoons, tattoos and comics - creating characters based on people and their interests.  He has been inspired and influenced by artists such as Jim Phillips and Drew Brophy and his fans enjoy the Mambo influence.”


The Bunker Cartoon Gallery is located at John Champion Way, Coffs Harbour, and is open Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm.  Entry costs $2 per adult and $1 per child over five years old.