Pat Campbell won the 2013 Walkley for Artwork for his Canberra Times piece “Glimmer of Hope”. The work depicted Julia Gillard at the culmination of her time as Prime Minister.
Pat worked as a freelance artist after finishing his Bachelor of Arts at ANU in 1993, where he went on to work on a casual basis for The Canberra Times before being offered a full-time position in 1998 as a cartoonist and illustrator. He has maintained the freelance side of his work since then, illustrating and cartooning for a number of publications, design groups, and organisations, among them Choice, Australian Macworld, Victorian Law Journal, as well as institutions such as Questacon, National Museum, and the Australian War Memorial. He is a recipient of the Bill Mitchell Award for Young Cartoonists, Rotary Cartoon of the Year, and five Stanley Awards.
Pat’s Winning Work:
“Glimmer of Hope”
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Pat Campbell’s beautifully composed illustration showing the then Prime Minister Julia Gillard as a lone heroic figure, adrift on a raft bathed in rays of tables, giving a glimpse of hope for the future, yet still threatened and surrounded by dark, ominous skies and an angry sea, is an outstanding example of political comments in an art form. It was produced in late 2012 to illustrate a Jack Waterford article which asked questions about Gillard’s ability to survive the “rough politics” of preceding months, when she face relentless opposition attaches and retaliated with her famous misogyny speech aimed at Tony Abbot and his blue-tie wearing male colleagues. Campbell’s portrayal of her vulnerability and resilience in the wake of this forgettable period of federal politics shows great imagination and artistic flair. – Judges’ comments