David Mackintosh was born in Belfast and, when very young, moved with his family to Australia. He didn't do art at school, mostly sport, but went on to art college where he was highly commended in the MacMillan Children's Book Prize for his version of The Emperor's New Clothes, which was later published. He has illustrated numerous books for children, most notably Gillian Rubinstein's Sharon Keep Your Hair On, which was short listed for picture book of the year. As a designer of illustrated books he works with photographers and illustrators, and has won British and Australian design awards. David lives in London.
David's latest book, Rex (written by Ursula Dubosarsky) won the 2006 APA Best Designed Children's Picture Book and 2006 APA Best Designed Children's Cover of the Year Awards, and is short listed for the CBC 2006 Book of the Year - Early Childhood.