Art on the Leading Edge: Malala Yousafzai and Gavin Aung Than

Leaders inspire art that is inspiring. Here’s a great offering by Gavin Aung Than that I found on the blog ZenPencils.

by Gavin Aung Than, copyright 2013

by Gavin Aung Than, copyright 2013

I love the simplicity and transformation that shows the determination and clarity of Yousafzai’s recovery and continued activism. It’s an impressive example of how art can express a story so compellingly. There’s something about comics that makes real life more real, when it’s done right! And the way he captured the theme of her message — “I have the right!” is really great.

ZenPencils also offers downloads of art (wallpaper), many inspired by leaders, like this tribute to Gandhi.

Gavin Aung Than's 2012 tribute to Gandhi

Gavin Aung Than’s 2012 tribute to Gandhi

This is a way that artists reframe and highlight inspirational stories, becoming leaders in their own right.

One comment

  1. […] hasn’t looked back since. Than has featured inspirational quotes from leaders like Carl Sagan, Malala Yousafzai, Ira Glass, CS Lewis and many others. His work is remarkable, and he offers free images as well as […]


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