Fremantle Press artist recognised in Australia Day Honours

Botanical artist Philippa Nikulinsky was one of two members of the Fremantle Press family recognised in the Australia Day Honours List this year. Nikulinsky and Fremantle Press patron Tonya McCusker were made Members of the Order of Australia (AM).

Nikulinsky was recognised for the four decades she has spent celebrating and promoting Western Australia’s unique flora and fauna through art. Her books have taken generations of Australians into some of this state’s most remote locations, helping people to see the Australian bush with what Nikulinsky describes as ‘different eyes’.

‘I wander in the landscape observing, collecting and finally drawing those elements within the landscape … flowers, grasses, nuts, seeds, spiders, insects, birds, animals,’ said Nikulinsky.

‘I’m fiercely Australian and my whole life has been painting Australian flora and fauna, so it’s wonderful to be recognised in this way,’ she said.

Nikulinsky has published many books including recent title Cape Arid, which she co-created with husband Alex. Braving howling winds, grit, sleet, 43-degree heat and thousands of flies, the Nikulinskys travelled rough sandy tracks to be rewarded by shimmering seas, islands and unique flora and fauna.

Artworks from the book are now a part of the Cape Arid collection and are displayed in COMO The Treasury in Perth.

Cape Arid is available from all good bookstores and online.

Tonya McCusker was awarded an AM for her significant service to the community through charitable and philanthropic roles.

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