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by Jonesy

Chris Beetles Gallery & the PCO present ‘NOT the RA Summer Exhibition’

May 30, 2016 in General


© Richard Jolley

To coincide with the opening of the Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition, twenty seven of Britain’s finest cartoonists have rallied to provide a satirical take on the history of art. With over seventy five original works for sale, the show is a celebration of history’s masterpieces, and an antidote to the neon, taxidermy and bed linen of contemporary art’s more notorious movements.


© Roger Penwill


© The Surreal McCoy

Cartoonists include:
Sally Artz – Banx (Jeremy Banks) – Rupert Besley – Jonathan Cusick
Andy Davey – Wilbur Dawbarn – Neil Dishington – Noel Ford
Richard Jolley – Jonesy (Steve Jones) – Larry (Terence Parkes)
Chris Madden – Glenn Marshall – Ed McLachlan – Rob Murray
Fran Orford – Roger Penwill – Matt Percival – Ken Pyne
Royston Robertson – Tim Ruscoe – Cathy Simpson – Bill Stott
The Surreal McCoy – Ross Thomson – Mike Turner
Kipper Williams – Mike Williams



© Mike Williams



© Royston Robertson


© Bill Stott

It all kicks off with a Champagne Private View on Tuesday 7 June, 6-8pm. The revolt will be led by Bill Stott, chairman of the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation, who will open the show with Chris Beetles at 7pm.


© Rupert Besley


© Jonathan Cusick

‘NOT the RA Summer Exhibition’ runs from 7th June throughout the summer.

Chris Beetles Gallery is open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5.30pm

You can view more of the work – all available for immediate purchase – here on the Chris Beetles Gallery website.

by Jonesy

FIZZERS: 10 years of caricature

May 27, 2016 in General

Terry Anderson

PCO member Terry Anderson with some of his superb caricatures

The Scottish Cartoon Art Studio’s collection of caricatures, Fizzers®, is a decade old this year and the subject of a retrospective show at the People’s Palace & Winter Gardens, Glasgow. Studio Co-ordinator and PCO Member Terry Anderson explains how it all came about.

After years receiving cordial invitations to attend a small group from the Studio decided to go to St.Just-le-Martel for their annual cartoon Salon in 2001. We returned in force the following year with our full team as well as the top Scottish newspaper cartoonist Steven Camley and world class comic book artist Frank Quitely.

Preview night

Preview night in Glasgow

It’s safe to say that everyone’s heads were turned by the quality and diversity of work we were exposed to, in particular the caricatures by artists as different as Jean Mulatier whose coloured pencil work lends realistic lustre to flesh and hair, or Gibo, able to boil a likeness down to just a few fat pen strokes.

RICHARD AYOADE (Chris Sommerville)

Richard Ayoade © Chris Somerville

The widespread popularity of this non-editorial, apolitical mode of caricature was news to us and very exciting. Immediately we began to speculate on what we could do in the same vein. After a few false starts we started calling these caricatures “Fizzers”, a Glaswegian variation of fizzog, itself is a corruption of the French visage and so a nod to both our subject and inspiration.

Fizzers was originally conceived as a book of caricatures of notable Scots. As well as wishing to make a mark in our own backyard this was a tactical move. Practically every caricaturist under the sun has a Mr Bean or Beatles piece to show you. Few if any have tackled the cast of Still Game or local heroes such as Benny Lynch.

Studio team

The Studio Team line up

The project became a two headed beast after being brought to the attention of the director at one of the country’s most prestigious art venues, who had publicly bemoaned a lack of work portraying contemporary faces. Hence when Fizzers debuted in 2006 it did so with both a book published by Mercat Press and an exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.

Since then further shows of various sizes have followed and the scope of Fizzers has broadened. For example my colleague Chris Sommerville has concentrated on top international footballers in recent years. When Doctor Who‘s fiftieth anniversary rolled around we took the opportunity to draw each actor who played the title role. And when David Bowie passed away a few months ago it was once of those rare instances when a single figure could present a different face to each caricaturist in our group.

MARC BOLAN (Brian Flynn)

Marc Bolan © Brian Flynn

So as we prepared to mount a tenth anniversary exhibition and raided our collection of well over 400 caricatures – created by Chris and myself as well as Brian Flynn, Derek Gray and Tommy Sommerville – we were able to include truly world famous personalities as well as our usual tributes to figures dear to Glasgow, appropriate since our venue is the People’s Palace, the museum of the city’s social history.

Elaine C Smith

Elaine C. Smith and caricature © Derek Gray

Fizzers: 10 Years of Caricature opens this weekend and will run until the end of March. It’s a major undertaking and we’re very pleased to have been paid such a compliment by the staff at the museum. Entry is free and it’s open every day except Mondays. For more details, including workshops and talks that will be occurring throughout the coming year, please visit the Scottish Cartoons website and the Glasgow Museums site.




by Jonesy

The ins and outs of Europe through the eyes of Kipper Williams

May 20, 2016 in General


© Kipper Williams

The Prime Minister calls it the most important decision of our time. Many are worried, some couldn’t care less. But this summer the debate on Europe is the centre of national conversation, so it’s with perfect comedy timing that Amberley are publishing Kipper Williams’ take on the Euro debate ahead of the 23 June referendum.

From Brussels’ red tape to tax dodging corporations, batty nationalists to Machiavellian Europhiles, from triumph to farce – and back – Kipper Williams finds all the ingredients for comedy in his new book, ‘IN or OUT? Europe in Cartoons’.


Award winning cartoonist Kipper Williams

PCO member Kipper is one of this country’s foremost political cartoonists and has been published in The Spectator, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Private Eye and Country Life, among others. He has also provided illustrations for a number of books, including Bill Bryson’s ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’.

‘IN or OUT’ looks like it ticks all the discerning cartoonophile’s boxes, regardless of which one they’ll be ticking come 23 June.


© Kipper Williams

Kipper’s book is available now in paperback at £8.99.

For more information call Amberley’s Hazel Kayes on 01453 847 813 or email








by Jonesy

Martin Rowson retrospective at the Ladywell Gallery

May 19, 2016 in General


Writer, iconoclast, atheist, zoo enthusiast, cook, PCO member and long-time resident of Lewisham are just a few of the things Martin Rowson can lay claim to being. However Martin is best known for the brilliance of his political cartooning skills and the Ladywell Gallery is holding an exhibition ‘To Hell. In a Handcart: A retrospective of Cartoons by Martin Rowson, 1986 – 2016′ as part of Brockley Max 2016.


The retrospective features the multi-award winning cartoonist’s work from The Guardian, Daily Mirror, The Morning Star, Sunday Today, Independent on Sunday, The Times, The Scotsman, Tribune, The Londoner, Time Out and many other publications, all of which is for sale.

Preview Night: Wednesday 25th May 2016 from 6.30pm
Exhibition: 26th May – 30th June 2016
12pm to 6pm daily (free entry)

More details and examples of the work to be shown in the Martin Rowson retrospective can be found here on the Ladywell Gallery website.


by Jonesy

Chris Beetles Gallery hosts exhibition in support of House of Illustration

May 11, 2016 in General


The Director and Trustees of House of Illustration together with Chris Beetles are exhibiting and selling of works from the 2008 exhibition What Are You Like? to raise funds for House of Illustration.
Chis Beetles is very generously waiving all fees and opening the exhibition with a champagne private view on Thursday 19 May. What Are You Like? will run until Sunday 22 May 2016.
This is a unique opportunity to purchase original works that were produced in 2008 by an extraordinary roll call of artist-illustrators, painters, designers and public figures for whom drawing is important. Each work is autobiographical, based on the Victorian parlour game in which players were asked to describe themselves through a series of drawings of their favourite things.
The original exhibition toured to ten different museums and galleries around the UK, finally coming to an end in 2014, by which time it had been seen by almost half a million people. The exhibition anticipated the opening of House of Illustration in Granary Square in July 2014, and the contributors have very generously agreed for their work to be sold to enable the organisation to continue to pursue its enterprising exhibition programme, to extend its illustration-led learning work and to promote new illustration talent.
House of Illustration receives no public funding and so is entirely reliant each year on fundraising.The original works in the exhibition include pieces by artists Quentin Blake, Posy Simmonds, Steven Appleby and Peter Brookes as well as musicians Eric Clapton and Brian Eno.
All works will be exhibited and can be purchased online now. Anyone wishing to buy can contact the Chris Beetles Gallery, or Tracy French at House of Illustration:
Chris Beetles Gallery address is 8 & 10 Ryder Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6QB

by Jonesy

Mario Miranda, India’s cartooning genius

May 9, 2016 in General


A must see article on the BBC website by Pamela D’Mello highlights the Indian state of Goa’s celebrations to mark the 90th birth anniversary of one of the country’s best-known cartoonists and illustrators, Mario Miranda.


Pamela D’Mello writes:

Mario’s warm-hearted, often comic drawings of local characters and culture helped to popularise his native state, Goa, both across India and overseas. He died in 2011.

The Mario Gallery and Museum has published Miranda’s 1949 diaries, which depict his student life as a 22-year-old in the city of Mumbai.

A free musical concert, and an exhibition of 74 of his original and print works are on display at an art gallery in Goa’s capital Panjim, as part of the celebrations.


To read Pamela D’Mello’s article in full and see more of Mario Miranda’s wonderful work, visit the BBC website.

by Jonesy

Bigging up cartoons in Southport

May 9, 2016 in General

tim board southport

Tim Harries and his Big Board

Noel Ford writes:

Saturday 7th May, Southport shopping precinct: Big Boards assembled, caricature station manned, we set about entertaining the passing shoppers as part of the Southport Festival. Despite a weather forecast that hedged its bets between ‘hot and sunny’ and ‘storm-force wind and rain’, the day remained fine and warm and everyone, cartoonists and public, had a great time.


Big Boarders Pete Dredge, Tim Harries, Chris Williams, Rich Skipworth and myself drew cartoons based on the various up-and-coming Southport events, whilst caricaturists Brighty and John Roberts drew the crowds (pun intended) and one punter was so delighted that she ran off brandishing her caricature and proclaiming, “It looks like me! It looks like me!”


Steve Bright (aka ‘Brighty’) keeps the punters happy

The event was organised by Paul Hardman and, with the energetic help of Brendan Riley of the Comedy Festival and other volunteers, everything went off to plan (yes, there WAS a plan!) and it is hoped that the Southport Festival will become the home of another much-needed annual UK cartooning event.

rich board southport

Rich Skipworth and Big Board

by Jonesy

Cartoonists freed!

May 4, 2016 in General


Atena Farghadani (right) and her mother celebrate

Iranian artists Atena Farghadani and Hadi Heidari have been released

Atena Farghadani was freed from Evin prison on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Speaking to CRNI, Ms. Farghadani expressed her utmost appreciation of Cartoonists Rights Network International and all organizations, cartoonists and activists who have supported her throughout her incarceration and given a voice to her and her cause. She also pointed out that although she’s happy to be free, she is also concerned about all of the unknown prisoners who have no supporters.

Find out more about Atena’s release on the CRNI website.


Cartoon posted by Hadi after his release © Hadi Heidari

Iranian cartoonist Hadi Heidari has also been been released. Mr. Heidari had been arrested by government agents on November 16, 2015, at the offices at the reformist newspaper, Shahrvand. The cartoonist was taken into custody after a judge ordered Hadeiri to serve the balance of a 2013 suspended sentence stemming from a cartoon deemed anti-state.  Heidari’s November arrest came shortly after he posted a cartoon in response to the Paris terrorist attacks which was shared around the world.


A joyous reunion: Hadi Heidari with his daughter

Read more about Hadi Heiradi’s case on the CRNI website.

Footnote: Meanwhile Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called for more freedom of expression and said government critics should not be jailed – just as three other journalists were taken into custody on charges of “spreading propaganda against the ruling system, conspiring against officials and insulting authorities.”

Sadly, it appears the release of the two artists has not yet signalled the arrival of true freedom of expression in Iran. The struggle continues…



by Jonesy

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside…

May 3, 2016 in General


Noel Ford writes:

In 2014 a small expeditionary force of cartoonists established a beachhead in Southport’s main shopping precinct from where they proceeded to engage the public with Big Board cartooning and caricaturing. This mini ‘Shrewsbury’ took place as part of the Southport Comedy Festival and turned out to be a big success.


This coming Saturday, May 7th, seven of us, Paul Hardman (organiser), Brighty, Pete Dredge, Noel Ford, Tim Harries, Rich Skipworth and Chris Williams will be doing a similar thing in the same place between 10.30am and 4.00pm as part of the Southport Festival. Big Boards will be drawn, caricatures will be crafted and, manpower and time allowing, a little cartoon busking will be added to the mix. Do come along if you can!

The Southport Comedy Festival site can be found here.

by Jonesy

Dr. Who materialises at The Cartoon Museum

May 2, 2016 in General


This exhibition of original cover artwork is timed to coincide with the reissue of the iconic Target books. Featuring over 30 pieces, including the covers from six of the new reissues, this is the first time that the artwork has been publicly exhibited.

The Time Lord themed exhibition is a veritable who’s who of illustrating talent, including ten covers by Chris Achilleos from The Daleks through to Revenge of the Cybermen, five covers by Andrew Skilleter from Destiny of the Daleks through to The Mark of the Rani and other classic and well-loved original cover artwork by Roy Knipe, Jeff Cummins, and David McAlister.


‘Doctor Who: The Target Book Artwork’ runs until Sunday 15th May 2016.

More information about this and other exhibitions and events can be found here on the museum’s website.