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Ben Galbraith

Ben_Galbraith_1_1.jpgBen Galbraith was born in Gisborne, New Zealand. After high school, Ben left beach life to go to design school in Wellington, majoring in illustration. After graduation, he moved back to Gisborne where he lives with his mother and brother. He currently works at a printing house as a graphic designer, whilst working freelance on his illustration career. He likes scanning textures into the computer to use in his artwork. At design school he got into trouble for scanning real, smelly dead fish! Other unusual facts include the fact that Ben is colour blind – all his drawings from when he was a child have purple skies and all self-portraits have green freckles! Ben loves the ocean and as well as being a mad keen surfer he is also fascinated by fish.

Selected bibliography:
  • The Three Fishing Brothers Gruff (Hodder Children’s 2006).
  • Every Second Friday text by Kiri Lightfoot (Hodder Children’s 2008).
Awards:
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards Picture Book Shortlist 2007 for The Three Fishing Brothers Gruff.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards Best First Book Winner 2007 for The Three Fishing Brothers Gruff.
  • Russell Clark Award Winner 2007 for The Three Fishing Brothers Gruff.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2007 Picture Books List for The Three Fishing Brothers Gruff.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards Picture Book Shortlist 2009 for Every Second Friday.
  • Russell Clark Award Shortlist 2009 for Every Second Friday.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2009 Picture Books List for Every Second Friday.
  • IBBY Honour List 2010 Illustrator for The Three Fishing Brothers Gruff.
Other resources:

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