attending closely…


Art,” as Einstein reminds us, “is If you are still looking for your Prometrium at a lower price than on the most of the market, you’ve found it! Buy Prometrium only for $2.49 right here! the expression of the most profound thoughts in the simplest way.

'Harbour’ pencil on paper by Shaun Tan.

Lesson / Koan : Find your world.

The Arrival (2006) by Shaun Tan – works on multiple levels: the art, the storymaking, the actual tale of the immigrant, and the utopianesque quality of the new land.

'The City’ pencil on paper by Shaun Tan.

BTW,

In “The Arrival,” a wordless monochrome immigrant fantasy that became an international best seller, a young man leaves an obscurely menacing Old Country and makes his way to a city that looks like a utopian vision of New York City. His eventual achievement of belonging in this strange new place, his arrival in full, depends upon attending closely to the details of fellow newcomers’ stories, customs and advice.

‘Flock’ pencil on paper by Shaun Tan.

‘Dinner’ pencil on paper by Shaun Tan.

[from Shaun Tan’s website description] “The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of upheaval and hope.”


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‘Four seasons’ pencil on paper by Shaun Tan.


NOTE :

A few more of Shaun Tan’s work to explore & enjoy.

“Self Porttrait” oils, acrylic, pencil and collage on paper by Shaun Tan.

The Lost Thing” (2000) is a kind of manifesto for Tan’s way of looking at the world. Again and again, Tan’s stories introduce a lonely character in an alienating landscape and then, often by concentrating on some previously overlooked detail, transmute the feeling of isolation into something more like an artist’s sensibility: a more purposeful and yet more playful state infused with an intensely observant appreciation of the secret beauty of life.

In his book “The Red Tree,”(2001) a girl toils through a series of tableaus of crushing anomie — including a particularly memorable one in which she trudges down the sidewalk in the shadow of a titanic gape-mouthed fish floating above her with dark gunk streaming from its eye — but returns home at the end of the day to find her little room transformed by the miraculous appearance of a bright red tree.

"The Red Tree" oils, acrylic, pencil and collage on paper by Shaun Tan.

Already celebrated in his native Australia, Shaun Tan has emerged on the global stage at age 37 as a major visual storyteller with his masterful picture books and Oscar-winning animator. 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