Enjoy a sneak preview of three of the contributing artists at their Procartoonists portfolios which you can find, here, here and here. Chris Madden, Bill Stott and Tony Husband will be joined by Bill Tidy, about whom you may learn here.
The show is billed as a “gentle poke at the pomposity of the art world”. We don’t know about that but we do think it will be funny.
Conception of the Remote Austerity of Garbo (detail) by R.S. Sherriffs @ Procartoonists.org
Here at the Procartoonists blog we’re hearing very good things about The Age of Glamour: Stars of Stage and Screen, an exhibition of drawings by the Scottish cartoonist R.S. Sherriffs.
It focuses on the golden age of Hollywood and the West End stage and includes caricatures of Greta Garbo, above, Charlie Chaplin, Bette Davis, Ivor Novello, Buster Keaton, Laurence Olivier and many others.
Included in the show are single portraits as well as ensemble pieces. The drawings first featured in magazines such as Radio Times and The Sketch.
The Sherriffs exhibition runs until 24 December, alongside a redisplay of the Cartoon Museum collection, including many recent acquisitions. Visit the Cartoon Museum website.
Fishing for Buoys, an exhibition by the Procartoonists.org member Cathy Simpson opens in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, on 5 August. The exhibition is at the Gill gallery, 55 King’s Road, until 24 August.
The gallery is open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, except Wednesday 10am-1pm. A “meet the artist” private view will be held on Saturday 10 August, 10am-1pm.
A major retrospective on the work of Ralph Steadmanto mark the acclaimed cartoonist’s 77th birthday on 15 May opens at the Cartoon Museum in London tomorrow (1 May).
Steadman @ 77 will feature more than 100 original artworks and span the full range of his work including his first Punch cartoon, from 1956, and material from Private Eye, The Observer, New Statesman and others, as well as drawings that illustrated Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by his longtime collaborator Hunter S. Thompson.
The show also has drawings from Steadman’s takes on Alice in Wonderland and Animal Farm, and there are wine drawings for Oddbins, political cartoons and examples of real and imaginary birds from his most recent book Extinct Boids.
Accompanied by a 160‐page full-colour catalogue – with contributions by the actor Johnny Depp, the writer Will Self and the cartoonist Martin Rowson – the exhibition runs until 8 September.
The Cartoon Museum is in Little Russell Street, close to the British Museum. It also shows cartoons, comics and caricatures from the 18th century to the present day and is open Monday to Saturday 10.30am-5.30pm and Sundays 12noon – 5.30pm. For more information visit the Cartoon Museum website.
Whaat? by Dave Gibbons fires first on the vexed question of the artist Roy Lichtenstein and his use, or abuse, of comic imagery for the purposes of fine art.
There’s a flight of similar pieces that coincide with the Lichtenstein retrospective at Tate Modern in London. We particularly commend a learned piece by the comics historian Paul Gravett.
Down under, the Adelaide Advertiser cartoonist Jos Valdeman found himself ejected from the upper house of the South Australian parliament for sketching the president of the legislative council John Gazzola. It’s an interesting dogfight in the Aussie journalism wars, which are not unlike our own arguments about the media after the Leveson inquiry.
To demonstrate that ages past were no more civilised than today, whatever the state of the law, comes a retrospective exhibition of Henry Bunbury, the 18th century gentleman caricaturist. Read all about it at the East Anglian Daily Times.
Cartoonists are sharpening their pencils as it is a month today until the tenth Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival.
The big weekend for the festival, when live drawing events will take place, is 19-21 April. For the first time there will be a full programme of events on the Sunday.
Before that, the main festival exhibition, on the theme of “Time”, will open on 2 April at the Upper Floor Gallery in the town’s Market Hall. The above cartoon was submitted for the exhibition by Procartoonists.org memberPete Dredge.
The exhibition runs until 6 May and will then appear at the Qube Gallery in Oswestry. We will have more detail nearer the time. You can also visit the official website and follow the hashtag #shrews13 on Twitter.
The exhibitions start just under a month from now, on 22 March, and the main weekend of events is 19-21 April. But before it all gets going, we thought we’d mark the occasion with a brief look back at Shrewsburys past, to give you a flavour of the event.
Caricaturists, live drawing, workshops and exhibitions at Shrewsbury 2012 @Procartoonists.org
Here is a video from the festival made by Procartoonists members in 2010 (when this site was called the Bloghorn).
So if you haven’t been to the festival before, come along and tell us what you think …
The Procartoonists.org members Pete Dredge and Graham Fowell have been singled out in the “Special Mention” category at the 18th Dutch Cartoon Festival. The theme of the exhibition was “Prejudices and Stereotypes”.
Pete told us: “I hadn’t entered one of these competitions for many years, probably over 30, so after the promptings of our Feco [Federation of Cartoonists' Organisations] officer, The Surreal McCoy, I thought, ‘Why not give it a go?’ Just missed out on the prize money, but delighted to make the Special Mention stage.”
Graham added: “It is a lovely event – I have been a regular attendee for the past few years. The festival is now permanently held in Bergen op Zoom, a lovely little town in the south of Holland with a beautiful medieval town square.”
The full list of winners can be seen here. We send our congratulations to Pete, Graham and all the winning cartoonists.
An exhibition featuring the work of Wally Fawkes, aka Trog, opens at the Cartoon Museum in London today (7 January).
Fawkes, who retired in 2005, drew caricatures, political cartoons and strips for the Daily Mail, Punch, The Observer and The Sunday Telegraph. His best known creation is the comic strip Flook, which ran in the Mail for 35 years.
Flook was often written by the late Humphrey Lyttelton, who played jazz with Fawkes and was a close friend. The inimitable voice of the BBC Radio Four show I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue was also cartoonist – drawing as Humph – and some of his artwork also features in the exhibition.
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