John Spooner

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John Spooner
EducationMonash University
Notable credit(s)
Five-time winner Stanley Award
Three-time winner Walkley Award
Graham Perkin Award Journalist of the Year
Joint winner of the 1986 Fremantle Print Award

John Spooner B.Juris, LLB (Monash) (born 1946) is an Australian journalist and illustrator who regularly contributed to The Age newspaper.

John Spooner was born in Melbourne in 1946. He practised as a lawyer for three years before he commenced drawing for The Age in 1974, finally leaving the law altogether in 1977 to draw full-time for the newspaper.[1]

Spooner has received various awards for excellence in journalism.[2] Between 1985 and 1986 Spooner was awarded five Stanley Awards, including the Black and White Artist of the Year gold Stanley Award. In 1994 Spooner was awarded two Walkley Awards for Best Illustration and Best Cartoon. Spooner's works are represented in the Collections of The National Gallery of Australia,[3] National Library of Australia,[4] The National Gallery of Victoria, The Victorian State Library,[5] The Melbourne Cricket Club Museum, public and private collections throughout Australia and internationally.

His publications include the book A Spooner in the Works, published in 1999 by Text Publishing, comprising cartoons, prints and paintings; and Taxing Air: Facts and Fallacies about Climate Change, which he co-authored with Prof. Robert Carter, William Kininmonth, Martin Feil, Prof. Stewart W. Franks and Bryan Leyland; published by Kelpie Press in 2013.

Spooner's credits include five Stanley Awards, three Walkley Awards, the joint winner of the 1986 Fremantle Print Award[6] as well as the 2002 Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award[7].

He left The Age in May 2016 along with others made redundant by Fairfax Media.[8] In 2018 he published What the Hell Was He Thinking? John Spooner's Guide to the 21st Century, a collection of his 21st-century work annotated with his own commentary.[9]


  1. ^ Chrysalis Gallery. "John Spooner Biography". Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  2. ^ Etching House. "John Spooner Biography". Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  3. ^ "SPOONER, John". National Gallery of Australia.
  4. ^ "Digital Collections & Pictures". National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "Spooner, John (1946– )". National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ Print Matters 30 Years of the Shell Fremantle Print Award"' Holly Story al 2005 FAC ISBN 0-9757307-1-1
  7. ^ Publisher, Master. "Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year honour roll - Melbourne Press Club". Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  8. ^ Meade, Amanda. "Fairfax's loss is Nick Xenophon's gain". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  9. ^ Caterson, Simon (24 August 2018). "What the Hell was He Thinking? review: John Spooner and the mind behind his art". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 September 2018.

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