13 October 1936 |
|Occupation||Graphic designer, illustrator, writer|
|Notable award(s)||Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration
Robert Roger Ingpen (AM) (born 13 October 1936) is an Australian graphic designer, illustrator, and author. He received the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration in 1986, recognizing his "lasting contribution to children's literature".
 Early life
In 1958, Ingpen was appointed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) as an artist to interpret and communicate the results of scientific research. From 1968 Ingpen worked as a freelance designer, illustrator and author. He was also a member of a United Nations team in Mexico and Peru until 1975, where he designed pamphlets on fisheries and was involved in "a number of Australian conservation and environmental projects". He left the CSIRO to work full-time as a freelance writer in 1968. Ingpen's interest in conservation issues continued, and he was one of the founding members of the Australian Conservation Foundation.
Ingpen has written and/or-illustrated more than 100 published books. These include children's picture books and fictional stories for all ages. His nonfiction books mostly relate to history, conservation, environment and health issues. He is a frequent collaborator with author and editor Michael Page.
Ingpen has designed many postage stamps for Australia. Ingpen designed the flag and coat of arms for the Northern Territory. Ingpen has created a number of public murals in Geelong, Melbourne, Canberra and the Gold Coast in Queensland. He also has designed bronze statues, which include the 'Poppykettle Fountain' in Geelong's Steam Packet Gardens (currently dry due to drought restrictions) and the bronze doors to the Melbourne Cricket Club. His most recent work is the design and working drawings for a tapestry, which was woven by The Victorian Tapestry Workshop, to celebrate the 150 years of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
In 1982 Ingpen designed the Dromkeen Medal for the Governors of the Courtney Oldmeadow Children’s Literature Foundation. This medal is awarded annually to Australians in recognition of contributions to children's literature. He was awarded the medal in 1989 for his own work in the field.
Ingpen was illustrator for the centenary editions of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan and Wendy and Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows for which he bases characterisations on contemporary figures and personalities.
In 2007 Ingpen illustrated a picture book by Liz Lofthouse called Ziba Came on a Boat, which was nominated for many Australian awards including the Australian Children's Book Council Awards and the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards.
In 1999 Ingpen had a major retrospective exhibition in Taipei, which travelled to other regions of Taiwan for a two-month period. Also in 1999 an exhibition of the original artworks and book launch for Around the World in 80 Days was held in London.
In 2002 Ingpen's work featured in the inaugural exhibition at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Massachusetts, with the artwork from Charise Neugebauer's - Halloween Circus at the Graveyard Lawn, being donated to the Museum by Ingpen.
- Visual Arts Board award for children's book illustration for Storm Boy
- 1980 River Murray Mary was commended in the Children's Book of the Year awards
- 1980 Ditmar Australian Fiction Award for Australian Gnomes
- 1986 Hans Christian Andersen Award for children's literature illustration
- 1989 Dromkeen Medal
- 2005 honorary doctorate of arts, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
- 2007 made a member of the Order of Australia for "service to literature as an illustrator and author of children's books, to art design and education, and as a supporter of health care organisations." 
- Storm Boy (1974) written by Colin Thiele
- The Runaway Punt (1976) written by Michael Page
- The Australian countrywoman's cookbook (1977)
- Running the Brumbies: True Adventures of a Modern Bushman (1979) written by Colin Stone
- Lincoln’s Place (1978) written by Colin Thiele
- Chadwick’s Chimney (1979) written by Colin Thiele
- River Murray Mary (1979) written by Colin Thiele
- I Rhyme My Time: a Selection of Poems for Young People (1980) written by David Martin
- Turning Points in the Making of Australia (1980) text by Michael Page
- Night of the Muttonbirds (1981) written by Mary Small
- This Peculiar Colony (1981) written by Ronald Rose
- Clancy of the Overflow (1982) written by Banjo Paterson
- Churchill Island (1982) text by Graham Pizzey
- Click Go the Shears (1986)
- The Stolen White Elephant (1987) written by Mark Twain
- A Strange Expedition (1988) written by Mark Twain
- Child's Story (1988) written by Charles Dickens
- A Christmas Tree (1988) written by Charles Dickens
- The Nargun and the Stars (1988) written by Patricia Wrightson
- Peacetimes (1989) written by Katherine Scholes
- The Great Deeds of Superheroes (1989) written by Maurice Saxby
- The Great Deeds of Heroic Women (1990) written by Maurice Saxby
- The Lands of the Bible (1992) written by Philip Wilkinson and Jacqueline Dineen
- The Magical East (1992) written by Philip Wilkinson and Michael Pollard
- The Master Builders (1992) written by Philip Wilkinson and Michael Pollard
- The Mediterranean (1992) written by Philip Wilkinson and Jacqueline Dineen
- Brahminy : the Story of a Boy and a Sea Eagle (c1995) written by Colin Thiele
- The Drover’s Boy (1997) written by Ted Egan
- Jacob, the Boy from Nuremberg (1998) written by Enjar Agertoft
- The Poppykettle Papers (1999) written by Michael Lawrence
- Who is the World For? (2000) written by Tom Pow
- The Tapestry Story : Celebrating 150 Years of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (2003) written by Keith Dunstan
- The Wizard’s Book of Spells (2003) written by Beatrice Phillpotts
- The Magic Crystal (ca. 2003) written by Brigitte Weninger
- Peter Pan and Wendy (2004) written by J.M. Barrie
- Treasure Island (2005) written by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Jungle Book (2006) written by Rudyard Kipling
- Mustara (2007) written by Rosanne Hawke
- The Wind in the Willows (2007) written by Kenneth Grahame
- Ziba came on a boat (2008) written by Liz Lofthouse
- A Christmas carol and A Christmas tree (2008) written by Charles Dickens
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (2009) written by Lewis Carroll
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (2010) written by Mark Twain
 Fiction writing
- The Voyage of the Poppykettle (1980)
- The Unchosen Land (1981)
- Beginnings and Endings with Lifetimes in Between (1983) written with Bryan Mellonie
- The Great Bullocky Race (1984) written with Michael Page
- The Idle Bear (1986)
- Out of This World : the Complete Book of Fantasy (1986) written with Michael Page
- The Age of Acorns (1988)
- The Dreamkeeper : a Letter from Robert Ingpen to his Granddaughter Alice Elizabeth (1995)
- The Afternoon Treehouse (1996)
- Folk Tales & Fables of Asia & Australia (1992) co-written with Barbara Hayes
- Once Upon a Place (1999)
- A Bear Tale (2000)
- The Rare Bear (2004)
 Non-fiction writing
- In Pastures Green : the Story of the Presbyterian Church, Sale, Gippsland, Victoria. (c1954)
- Pioneers of wool (1972)
- Pioneer Settlement in Australia (1973)
- Robe : a Portrait of the Past (1975)
- Don Dunstan’s Cookbook (1976)
- Paradise and beyond : Tasmania (1978) co-written with N.C.K. Evers
- Australian Gnomes (1979)
- Marking time : Australia’s Abandoned Buildings (1979)
- Australia’s Heritage Watch : an Overview of Australian Conservation (1981)
- Aussie battlers (1982) written with Michael Page
- Australian Inventions and Innovations (1982) co-authored with Sally Carruthers ... [et al.]
- Colonial South Australia : its people and buildings (1985) text by Michael Page
- Worldly dogs (1986), written with Michael Page
- The making of Australians (1987), co-authored with Michael Page
- Conservation (1987) co-authored with Margaret Dunkle
- Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were: Creatures, Places, and People (1987 ), co-authored with Michael Page
- A Celebration of Customs & Rituals of the World (1994) co-written with Philip Wilkinson
- Encyclopedia of Mysterious Places : the Life and Legends of Ancient Sites Around the World (1990), co-written with Philip Wilkinson
- In the Wake of the Mary Celeste (c2004), co-authored with Gary Crew
- Imprints of Generations (2006)
- The Boy from Bowral : the Story of Sir Donald Bradman (2007)
 See also
- "MS 9141 Papers of Robert Ingpen: Biographical Note". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 29 March 2008.
- "Northern Territory". Ausflag. Archived from the original on 23 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
- Margaret Throsby interview with Robert Ingpen, broadcast on (Australian) ABC Radio National – Access date: 31 October 2008
- "The Children's Book of the Year Awards: Winners and Commended Books 1980 - 1989". Children's Book Council of Australia. Retrieved 29 March 2008.[dead link]
- "Dromkeen Medal: Previous Recipients of the Dromkeen Medal". Scholastic Australia. Retrieved 29 March 2008.
- "Robert Ingpen (1936–) Biography - Personal, Career, Honors Awards, Writings, Sidelights". JRank Free encyclopedia. Retrieved 29 March 2008.
- "It's an Honour". Australian Government. Retrieved 29 March 2008.
- Robert Ingpen's RMIT University Alumni page
- Melaleuca Gallery page for Robert Ingpen
- Austlit - Ingpen, Robert
- MS 9141 Papers of Robert Ingpen National Library of Australia (Retrieved 29 March 2008)
- Atkinson, Frances (9 October 2005). "Book Reviews: Ingpen and paper". The Age