Today we're elated to announce the release of Mary Leunig's One Good Turn — the first book of Leunig's drawings to be published in almost 25 years. One Good Turn brings roaring back to the fore one of Australia’s most incisive artists and social commentators, and we are so thankful for it.
In these 100 pages of never-before-seen glorious full-colour drawings, Leunig's focus on politics, family, class, power, violence, trauma, humour, domesticity, labour, and the experience of being a woman in the world is still as deeply relevant as ever. Leunig's drawings are startlingly honest, controversial, rebellious, beautiful and smart; they have to be seen to be believed.
Lacerating, brilliant and unhinged, Mary Leunig's most recent collection of drawings is as to be expected: uncensored and disturbing. Like her previous collections, One Good Turn is personal and political, her subjects playful and violent, but this time around there is a wry sweetness and a gentle ageing satisfaction in parts, as if Leunig's long-held visceral meditation on the woman's body and all the claims made on it — daughter, worker, mother, and lover — is coming to the end of its mortal coil. There is a sense in Leunig's new and raw work that the older woman is a woman finally unchained, albeit too damaged and twisted to consider herself free, but still, as the cover drawing seems to say, able to lie in the sun like an old cat and enjoy a cup of tea.Anna Krien
Mary, Mary, quite contrary...with her garden of lethal wit. Though camouflaged by charm, Mary’s marvelous work is full of menace.Phillip Adams
These beautiful, gut-punchingly miserable drawings are more bile-ridden and merrily sardonic than anything Mary Leunig’s done before, and that’s a good thing. This darker Leunig sibling has more in common with Frida Kahlo; Mary’s unstitching of society, sex and culture is merciless, her symbolism and humour is at once harrowing and profound, and her skill as an artist is ridiculously unbound.Oslo Davis
Holy shit, what did I just read!? My eyes! They have been burnt out of my head.
First Dog on the Moon
Mary Leunig is an Australian visual artist who has had work featured in such publications as The Age, Meanjin, Nation Review, Heat Magazine, AWU Magazine, Time, Penthouse, Der Rabe, and The Meatworkers Journal. She has published four anthologies of work: No Place Like Home (1982); A Piece of Cake (1986); One Big Happy Family (1992); and Black and White and Grey (1993).