Milktooth is a kids art school in Perth, run by husband and wife team Elizabeth Marruffo and Campbell Whyte with the help of their son, dog and a tank full of fish.
They both hold university degrees in Visual Art and have years of experience in delivering high quality kids art classes and workshops. Their clients include The Red Cross, Awesome Arts , Hyper Vision, Edith Cowan University, University of Western Australia as well as countless libraries and schools.
All staff have Working With Children Checks and police clearances.
Elizabeth Marruffo is from Agua Prieta in Sonora, Mexico. Elizabeth works predominantly in the medium of painting, but includes small sculptures in her immersive installations. Elizabeth completed post-graduate studies at Edith Cowan University where she graduated with first class honours. She has had solo shows at Turner Galleries in Perth and Friends of Leon Gallery in Sydney.
In 2013 she won the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital award and is represented in the collections of Edith Cowan University, St John of God hospital, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and the Education department of WA.
photo courtesy of Light Grey Art Lab
Campbell Whyte was born in Perth and has lived here for most of his life. Campbell works predominantly in comics and illustration using a mixture of traditional media such as inks and watercolour that are then combined with digital elements. He has held significant shows at Freerange gallery, Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis and has taken part in a wide range of group shows both nationally and internationally.
Campbell has been awarded the DCA Young People and the Arts Fellowship, a DCA Development Grant and an Australia Council Jump Mentorship. Campbell has just released his YA graphic novel, Home Time, which Shaun Tan described as “Beautifully realised, funny, smart, weird and surprisingly epic in scope, Home Time is also just plain brilliant.”
Hien Pham (pronounced like Ian with an H) is an award-winning digital artist specializing in gentle and optimistic comics. He grew up in Vietnam on war stories before moving and finding a home in Australia. His work revolves around respite, around caring and loving and being loved and cared for. His deeply personal, sometimes interactive, comics are beloved internationally.
His debut interactive graphic novel, It Will Be Hard, is multi-award nominated and won an Australian Game Developer Award in 2018. A frequent guest speaker at Freeplay Independent Games Festival, Hien is a known figure in the Australian game developer and comic-maker communities. He is also an assistant organizer for Perth Comic Arts Festival.
Soolagna Majumdar (Su-lug-na) was born in Kolkata, India and has grown up in Perth for most of her life. Since graduating from Curtin University with a BA double majoring in Creative Advertising and Graphic Design & Illustration, she’s had the privilege of working as an illustrator and comic artist. Her work explores whimsical environments and characters, filled with stories about belonging, feeling deeply and mild existential crisis. Decisions on preferred medium are based on what will breathe life into each piece, so whether it’s working digitally or with any paint medium- they all have a valued place in her practice.
Soolagna’s work has been featured in Kookie Magazine, Vice, Buzzfeed and in the warmer, more fuzzier places on the internet. She’s a proud member of the Perth Comic Arts Festival committee and loves designing dream destinations for the festival in poster form.