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This original artwork by Ben Tankard is part of his very popular “Unpopular Penguin” series.
Benjamin Tankard was working in a bookstore while painting part-time when the idea of the Unpopular Penguin series first came to him. The minimalistic covers of these books worked themselves into his psyche, while the pop-art style which appealed to him enabled experimentation with layer upon layer of paint. This series of paintings quickly found a supportive following. Benjamin’s paintings are nostalgic and audiences immediately connect with their favourite page turner titles. Edmund Capon, the former Director of the Art Gallery of NSW, said of Benjamin’s Unpopular Penguin series: “An evocative imagining of the familiar Penguin Paperback… it was a painting we all liked very much for its rich texture, its sense of memory and it’s sort of nostalgic humour”.