Vale Kim Gamble

Kim Gamble self portraitNora illustrated by Kim Gamble TD1 2015 pp8-9The School Magazine team notes with sadness the passing of Kim Gamble. Best known as the illustrator of the Tashi series of novels, Kim's magical, charming and lively work has enriched the pages of our magazines since 1989. Australian children's literature has lost one of its finest artists and we have lost a dear friend.

Kim's association with the magazine started because of some generous artistic subterfuge. His good friend and colleague, artist Stephen Axelsen, sneakily passed on to Kim one of Stephen's own commissions for the magazine as a way of introducing this new talent to us. The plan worked—and, of course, Kim was credited as the artist. Kim was then welcomed into the stable of illustrators who accept our monthly challenge to illuminate and support the world of words we share with our readers.

Kim Gamble is an integral part of The School Magazine story; his artwork has glowed from our pages for over a quarter of a century. The magazine played an important role in the Kim Gamble story too. We initially fostered the career of an emerging artist, then happily provided him with a steady flow of commissions. More importantly, perhaps, it was through Kim's ties with the magazine that he formed one of the most significant associations of his life: he met writer Anna Fienberg. Anna was, in fact, Editor of The School Magazine when Kim began illustrating for us. Anna and her mother, Barbara Fienberg, are the authors of the Tashi novels. So not only did the magazine give Kim early-career recognition, we also brought together one of children's literature's most successful creative collaborations.

Mr Dragon illustrated by Kim Gamble CD10 2015p12The School Magazine sends condolences to Kim's family and to the many, many people whose lives Kim touched personally or through his unique artwork.


—The School Magazine team

22 February 2016