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About Mark Guthrie

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Mark Guthrie was brought up on a dairy farm in country Victoria. His first inspirations for “Bottled Fruit” were derived from farm life and his Grandmother. He reminisces how his Grandmother would store huge glass bottles in dark cupboards in their country kitchens, often dusty, full of preserved fruit. As he says “there were no lolly shops where I grew up, and the expectant hope you’d associate with them as they were opened”. Hence, this is where “Bottled Fruit” was first thought up.

After majoring in illustration having completed his Arts degree at Griffith University, Mark went to work in London for ITV Channel 4, doing the graphics for their teletext system.

When Mark returned to Australia he worked in the animation industry for 6 years, mainly with Walt Disney Animation Australia in Sydney. His film credits include, An Extremely Goofy Movie, The Little Mermaid 2, Lady and The Tramp 2, Peter Pan - Return To Neverland, The Jungle Book 2, Lion King 3, The 3 Mouseketeers, Lilo and Stitch 2.

This led to more animation for the TV series for The Disney Channel “The Proud Family”, A Powderfinger music single (Sunsets), a Warner Bros. Short featuring Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam.

Throughout this time he also worked as a freelance Illustrator/Cartoonist. Mark’s panels have appeared in The Bulletin, DMag, K-Zone, Mania, Krash, Australian Penthouse, Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane Child, Consuming Interest magazine, Picture, People, Club, Hustler Humour, book covers for Random House.

Mark’s children’s book “The Stinky Poo Grubs” is published by Koala Books and is available now, in Bookstores/K-mart/Myer. Three more children’s books, Miss Feline’s Unusual Pets, Harry the Hug Monster and Leonardo’s Spot of Trouble, all illustrated by Mark were published in 2010.