For almost three decades, multi-award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight has been capturing the heart and soul of Australia – and the world – in his cartoons, illustrations and caricatures.
Born in 1962 in Sydney, Mark drew constantly as a child, cartooning for school magazines throughout his school years. In 1981, he joined the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) as a cadet, working in the art department while attending East Sydney art school. In 1982, he started filling in for the daily cartoonists when they were on leave at the SMH and Sun Herald and The Sun. The Australian Financial Review appointed him political cartoonist in 1984, a stint lasting until late 1987, when he joined HWT/News Ltd as the political cartoonist for The Herald in Melbourne.
In 1990, Mark became cartoonist for the newly merged Herald Sun (a merger between the The Sun and The Herald) and Sunday Herald Sun, where his work appears seven days a week.
In 2009, he was appointed to draw the official AFL Grand Final Poster for the Herald Sun after the passing of legendary cartoonist Weg who drew the poster for over 54 years. The poster raises money for the Royal Children’s Hospital. His Western Bulldogs 2016 Premiership poster sold a record number.
Mark’s political cartoons can be found in the collections of the Victorian State and National libraries in Canberra, the Museum of Australia, and The National War Memorial as well as in the private collections of many prominent Australians. In 2005, Geoff Slattery Publishing (now known as The Slattery Media Group; SMG) published The Knight Collection – 25 years of cartoons caricatures and drawings. In 2010, Moving Forward: The Mark Knight Annual 2010 was also published by SMG.
In that year Mark also won the Walkley Award for “Best Cartoon”, with his depiction of Julia Gillard. He has won the Walkley award on 4 occasions and has been runner up another 4 times. He recently won the Walkley award again in 2016 for Best cartoon.
He has since published another collection of his work, “Boom Times” in 2012. In 2014 he was named Cartoonist of the Year by the Museum of Australian Democracy in old Parliament House in Canberra. He has also won awards from The Australian Cartoonist’s Association ( 5 times Stanley award for political cartoonist of the year) and the News Ltd Awards (twice for artist of the year).
Away from his work in political satire, Knight created the character of “Leuk the Duck” the mascot for Challenge, a support group for families with children undergoing cancer treatment. As part of his work with Challenge, he also created the “Blood Cell” series of characters, an educational cartoon series on how the blood works, as well as the various cancers and their treatment, for children with cancer.
Mark is married to Sophy, and has three children, Jack, Elliott and Daisy. His hobbies include horse riding and playing guitar.
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