MANY people are not aware award-winning Blacktown Aboriginal artist Danny Eastwood is one of Australia's top cartoonists when he pokes fun at politicians.
This is despite the fact that the 70-year-old's satirical cartoons, ranging from Bob Hawke to Kevin Rudd and media personalities such as Eddie Maguire, have been published by The Koori Mail for more than 20 years.
His fans say he is at his best focused on Australia's cultural, sporting and political leaders.
A good example is when Eastwood recently lampooned Eddie Maguire for his comments about Swans football player Adam Goodes and the State of Origin series to raise questions on mixed marriage.
A self-taught artist, illustrator and teacher for 30 years, Eastwood said nothing is taboo for him as a satirical cartoonist.
"I would rather throw away my pens, pencil, paints and paper than limit myself to doing only politically correct cartoons," he said.
"It is about how I see things, right or wrong. If I am seen rubbing salt on someone's wound, so be it."
He told the Sun he was recently invited to a function at Federal Parliament but didn't go when he found out the host wanted him for political gain.
Eastwood won the Parliament of NSW Indigenous Art Prize for My Reconciliation in 2008.
It is a pen, ink and watercolour scene of a back lane that he knew as a boy in Sydney.
INTO THE LIGHT
■ ABC’S Artscape screened a documentary on Eastwood called Light from the Shadows on July 9 during NAIDOC week.
■ It shows director John Harvey who follows Eastwood as he travels across Mt Druitt and central Sydney — teaching art to elders, Long Bay, Parklea and Winsor jail inmates, and school children at Blacktown Art Centre while involved in community and public art.