Safdar Ahmed

Safdar Ahmed


I am an artist, writer and educator who lives and practices on the traditional lands of the Terramerrgal, Gadigal and Wangal peoples of what is otherwise known by its colonial name as Sydney. I work across a range of mediums, including drawing, graphic narratives, painting, musical performance and installation. As a teenager I was nurtured on a steady diet of horror films, Surrealist art, heavy metal music, fantasy literature, and the works of Bill Sienkiewicz, Ernst Fuchs, Jeffrey Catherine Jones, Mobeius and Bernie Wrightson. I am now interested in how the often-maligned genres of comix and cartoon art – with its long tradition of subversive humour and absurdism – might provide new opportunities for social criticism and understanding. I also play in the heavy metal band Hazeen alongside my good friend Can Yalcinkaya.

Awards won:-
2015 Walkley Award Winner - Artwork category
2022 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards - Multicultural Award.
2022 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards - Book of the Year.
2022 Australian Children’s Book Award book of the year - Eve Pownell Award
2022 Comics Arts of Australia Awards - Gold
2022 Prime Minister's Literary Awards Finalist - YA category

Work is of these types/genres:-
Graphic Journalism, Autobio comics

Still Alive: Notes from Australia’s Immigration Detention System, Twelve Panels Press/Fantagraphics Underground.
Why Comics?:Australian Comics and the Autographic Turn –
The Good Son –
Drawing Dad –
Healing Alone –

Talents Include:-
Comic Artist

Secondary Talents:-
Web Comic Creator

Titles Contributed To:-

Drawing Dad

Healing Alone

Still Alive: Notes from Australia's Immigration Detention System

The Good Son

Why Comics?: Australian Comics and the Autographic Turn

State:- NSW

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