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Arthur Nichol and "Kurt Nodt"

Arthur Nichol retained his personal signature for his commissioned illustration throughout his career, but signed many of his quick sketches and cartoons with the pseudonym, Kurt Nodt. He would be mentioned for that single fact alone, if ever written up in the history of Australian Black & White Art in Australia, with the explanation that a curt nod was the most one got from a boss in the workplace. The 2 sketches below show his 2 ways of working, one pen & ink, the other scraperboard and each signed accordingly. The first pen & ink version of 3 wise monkeys was done for the Bulletin's National Notebook column in early 1962 with the more refined illustration replacing it later that year. 


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A Recent Find: 1963 Bulletin Cover

Flicking through old copies of the Bulletin, I found this great cover illustration by Arthur Nichol. Commissioned to illustrate a feature article on Australian Music, it was published on February 2, 1

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