Norman Lindsay (1879-1969) is the author of The Magic Pudding, one of my all-time favourite illustrated, Australian children's books. He was an author (which is probably his best work), but was also a visual artist, sculptor, editorial cartoonist and scale modeler. Lindsay was such a creative force of freedom of expression in Australia during his time. I'm inspired both by the way in which he saw the female form and how disciplined he was with the different mediums he worked.
Another side to Lindsay (that contradicts his art work), is that he worked for the Australian Bulletin as an editorial cartoonist for over fifty years. The Bulletin (1880-2008) was a political journal which is hugely interesting to me in itself. Not only because my mother's family's printing company printed this APC owned magazine from the 1970's onwards, but also because it is essentially a historic journal of the right-wing and racist political leanings of Australia, particularly in the early 1900's (which is ... sadly... significant in the shaping of my country's identity over the century it existed).
Anyway, It kind of blows me away how this dude was drawing antisemitic cartoons for a male dominated frontier in the mornings, whilst probably spending his afternoons in studio producing empowered feminine etchings and paintings!
Ok so I'm geeking out here as you can probably tell... but looking at his Favourite Etchings book this morning made me think allot about the life of Norman Lindsay!