Daniel Gray-Barnett

Your favourite book as a child?
The Witches by Roald Dahl.

Your favourite colour combination?
Blue and orange

Your favourite vegetable?
Potato (roasted!)

About Daniel

Daniel Gray-Barnett is an illustrator based in Sydney, Australia. Self-taught, he studied Medical Science at the University of Sydney before swapping his microscope for pencils when he realised illustration had a much lower patient mortality rate.

His illustrations have been commissioned by clients such as The New York Times, Sydney Opera House, The Boston Globe, Warner Music and The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. His work has been shown internationally and has been awarded by the Society of Illustrators NY, Communication Arts, and 3×3 magazine.

He has three grandmothers and his first book Grandma Z will be published by Scribble in March 2018.


Grandma Z celebrates the power of vivid imagination, and the illustrations are absolutely spectacular, with bold colours and strong brushstrokes that convey a magical world. Daniel Gray-Barnett … has created something entirely unique that is both readable and a visual feast.’
—Angela Crocombe, Books+Publishing

‘This book will inspire and reinforce the importance of fun in growing up and lead you to believe that every day can be “unordinary”.’
Herald Sun

Grandma Z was selected for Ilustrarte 2016—Biennale of Children’s Book Illustration.