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Jonathan Bentley is an award-winning illustrator, artist and author who has exhibited his work in London, Sydney and Canberra. Jonathan was an illustrator at the Courier Mail for twenty years but now works solely on his painting and children’s books. He has illustrated over thirty books and written three and had them translated into over twenty languages.
Growing up in West Yorkshire his love of drawing and the great outdoors was encouraged by a creative and adventurous family. When he was about eight years old he realised he wasn’t going to be good enough to play football for Leeds United, so he concentrated on drawing instead.
Studying illustration at Brighton Polytechnic he has since spent his life living and working between Australia and the UK with his wife Maripaz and two children Harvey and Ruby.
Jonathan has illustrated over thirty books for authors including, Shaun Micallef, Margaret Wild, The Wiggles, Patrick Guest, Andrew Daddo, Lian Tanner and Glenda Millard, also also writing and illustrating four of his own.
Along the way Jon has won several awards including CBCA awards, the Prime Minister’s Literary award, the White Raven and his books have been enjoyed by children all over the world.