Shaun Tan is an Australian artist and maker of some of the most beautiful picture books I’ve seen. His style is dream-like and surreal, with lots of little, weird creatures.
Shaun graduated from the University of WA with a joint honors in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works as a freelance artist in Melbourne. My type of guy, indeed. His books deal with social, political and historical subjects, and many of them have been widely translated.
Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, and he worked as a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and WALL-E. In 2010 he won an Oscar for the short film The Lost Thing (which, incidentally, is narrated by Tim Minchin). And just last week he received the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for his contribution to international children’s literature. Yes, this man is happening, people!
I highly recommend that you check out his work, it is truly unique and magical.