Art heirlooms

The Gruffalo original artwork

If I had unlimited funds the artwork that graced my walls would be different to what I have now – it would be original for a start. People choose original pieces of artwork for a range of reasons – some collect, some see it as an investment and some simply fall in love with a particular piece. There’s an enormous amount of original artwork by the world’s best artists and illustrators waiting for your child’s walls so they too can share the experience of owning a masterpiece.

Whether you are buying artwork for your child as a legacy, an heirloom or simply as an investment, the choice available is as diverse as if you were choosing something for your lounge room wall. Take a stroll through the virtual gallery of The Illustration Cupboard and find original pieces by Dick Bruna, Anthony Browne, Lauren Child, Babette Cole, Oliver Jeffers, Jill Murphy and Maurice Sendak, to name just a few.

Then there is Images of Delight, also a specialist dealer in children’s illustration with a focus on artists from the United Kingdom. At Images of Delight, you’ll find Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo shown at top), Helen Craig, Bob Graham, Jonny Hannah, Sue Heap, Simon James (watercolour from Sally and the Limpet shown below) and many more.

Like buying any piece of art, prices vary from ‘that’s okay’ to ‘P.O.A, dare I ask’. For example, a signed, limited edition Angelina Ballerina print by Helen Craig is £119; a Dick Bruna signed print of Miffy is £1250; and a signed set of lithographs of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is £4750.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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