New illustration by Finn Lafcadio O’Hanlon

Not many 20-year-olds start their art careers with one exhibition in a mainstream gallery, let alone two. In July, this year, Finn Lafcadio O’Hanlon showed his photographs of disaffected northern beaches youth at Kinokuniya’s Wedge Gallery, as part of Sydney’s Head On Photography Festival.

A month later, his large, intricate ink drawings were on show in a well-regarded group show, We Are Here, at Paddington’s Mick Gallery. Maybe because of their medieval-like structures, and their layers of narrative and eclectic symbolism, critics and collectors immediately drew a connection to the large-scale monochrome works of Grayson Perry, such as ‘Map of Nowhere‘ and ‘Map Of An Englishman‘ Not surprisingly, Finn’s work is now on its way to a 2013 show in the UK. 

About the author

Tulsa was born on the northern beaches of Sydney but was raised by nomadic, creative parents in Oklahoma, California and Hiroshima. She now lives in France. A grand-daughter of the late best-selling novelist, Morris West, she has been featured as an actress in the short film, Hide and Seek, directed by Fiona McGee and produced by Ruby Smallbone, and was once the face of Milk & Honey’s Designed By Ruby Rose collection.