Norman Lindsay works on display at the Parkes Library

Parkes Library is to host an intimate exhibit of works by Australia’s greatest all-round genius artist and writer Norman Lindsay.

The collection belongs to Parkes local, Peter Tom who has been passionate about the creative arts since he was a boy.

In the 1920s and 30s his grandfather subscribed to the Bulletin.

Mr Tom spent much time reading the cartoons and from this reading his appreciation for Norman Lindsay grew.

Norman Lindsay, who died in 1969 at the age of 90, built his artistic reputation on his paintings and drawings, but he was also a sculptor, newspaper cartoonist and a gifted writer.

He came from a family that produced five artists.

Lindsay left home when he was sixteen to live with his brother in Melbourne. In 1901 he moved north to make his permanent home in the Blue Mountains, working for the Bulletin in an association that lasted almost to his death.

His first novel was published in 1913, and by the 1920s he was both proficient and prolific in pen and ink drawing, etching, woodcuts, watercolours and sculpture.

His charming children’s book The Magic Pudding can be found in homes and libraries across Australia.

Over the ensuing years Mr Tom has collected sketches, posters, etchings, block printing and limited edition copies of his work, as well as many early editions of his numerous books.

Parkes Library is working with consultant Margot Jolly to arrange and install the exhibition.

“Margot is bringing her arts, curating and research skills to the project to create an exhibit that shares Mr Tom’s love of Norman Lindsay with the community, said Shellie Buckle, Manager Cultural, Education, & Library Services.

The exhibition opened on March 8 and will conclude on March 27 just before Easter.

The local and wider community is invited to experience this wonderful exhibition of a renowned Australian artist.