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August 11, 2012 in General, Links, News

© Ian Baker @Procartoonists.org

The writer and broadcaster Brian Sibley reviews the latest Cartoon Museum exhibition, Animal Crackers, and highlights cartoons by Procartoonists.org members Ian Baker, above, Royston Robertson and Ralph Steadman as being among the best exhibits. Read Brian’s write-up here. The exhibition runs until October 21.

Sticking with animals, the Chris Beetles Gallery in London is running an exhibition devoted to  “Cat Art”. The selling show is inspired by the work of Victorian illustrator Louis Wain, and features his work alongside that of four other artists. See the featured paintings and illustrations here.

Quentin Blake and Shaun Tan are to appear at the next Comica Conversation event in London, taking place on August 27 (thanks to downthetubes.net for the tip-off).

Comics and cartoons are big internationally, and their creators are compared to rock stars on occasion – even a leading fashion designer harboured dreams of being a cartoonist. All of which raises an often-asked question …

Updated: August 12, 2012:

We are indebted to regular reader and cartoonist Mike Lynch for improving our knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the piece in the Village Voice that we linked to above.

by Royston

Remembering Ronald Searle

May 22, 2012 in Events, News

Ronald Searle Punch cover

The Chris Beetles Gallery is hosting the exhibition Ronald Searle Remembered, in memory of the cartoonist who died in December.

The show, which starts today, features more than 400 works by Searle, who is widely regarded as the greatest cartoonist of the 20th century. It runs until June 9.

It includes some of the clandestine drawings he produced as an inmate of Changi Gaol, the notorious Japanese prisoner of war camp,  Punch covers, such as the one above, plus book and magazine illustrations.

St Trinian’s and Molesworth are represented, of course, alongside adverts for Lemon Hart rum and Searle’s reportage on many issues of the day. Also included are unpublished letters that provide new insights into the life of the great man.

Ronald Searle letter

Detail from a letter sent from Singapore, September 21, 1945

The gallery has produced an accompanying 200-page fully illustrated catalogue, featuring newly researched essays and notes. For more details, and to view the exhibition online, visit the Chris Beetles Gallery website.

by Royston

Blake lets them eat cake

December 6, 2011 in Events, News

A selling exhibition of Quentin Blake drawings, called Chocolate Fudge Banana Cake and Other Delicacies, opens at the Chris Beetles Gallery in St James’s, London, on Sunday (December 11).

Blake will be at the gallery on the opening day and there will be music from the Jelly Rollers and, the organisers promise, a “sweet mountain”. Visit the Chris Beetles Gallery website for more details. The exhibition of 120 pictures will be on display until January 7.

by Royston

The Illustrators 2011

November 14, 2011 in Events, News

The Illustrators 2011 opens at the Chris Beetles Gallery in St James’s, London, this weekend, and runs until January 7.

The gallery’s annual winter show features more than 85 much-loved and respected illustrators and cartoonists from 1837 to the present day.

Contemporary cartoonists in The Illustrators 2011 include PCO members Jonathan Cusick, above, and John Jensen, alongside Christian Adams, Peter Brookes, Matt and Ronald Searle.

Also featured is work from big names from the past such as John Tenniel, Beatrix Potter, E.H. Shepard, H.M. Bateman, David Low, Donald McGill, Rowland Emett, Thelwell, Vicky, Giles and Larry.

The grand opening is this weekend, November 19 and 20, 10am-5.30pm, and as usual it is a selling exhibition. Original cartoons and illustrations are one-offs, so it gives the public the chance to buy genuinely unique Christmas presents.

Accompanying the exhibition is a 384-page catalogue, with more than 600 full-colour illustrations and many new biographical essays. This is available from the gallery. For more details visit the Chris Beetles Gallery website.

by Royston

Hard Times at Chris Beetles Gallery

October 11, 2011 in Events

Peter Brookes Hard Times

"Tell me about your Big Society ..."

Hard Times, a new exhibition by the Times cartoonist Peter Brookes, opens at the Chris Beetles Gallery in St James’s, London, today and runs until November 5.

The selling show features more than 120 of Brookes’ most recent editorial cartoons from The Times, and ties in with the launch of his new book, also called Hard Times.

To see the exhibition online, go to www.chrisbeetles.com

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by Royston

Powerful stuff goes on display

September 1, 2011 in Events

Has Bambi got teeth? by Peter Brookes

Artwork from the political cartoon collection of Jeffrey Archer is to go on show for the first time, at the Monnow Valley Arts Centre, Herefordshire, from Saturday (September 3).

Image of Power will feature 100 cartoons owned by the writer and former Tory MP who has been collecting cartoons for 25 years. They include this early image of Tony Blair, Has Bambi got teeth?, by Peter Brookes of The Times.

The exhibition, which spans three centuries from Gillray to Scarfe, is being curated by the art collector Chris Beetles. It features images of Churchill, Macmillan, Kennedy, Reagan, Nixon, Thatcher and more.

Lord Archer says on his website: “I continue collecting, as there are still gaps to be filled, but it’s my long-term intention to produce an illustrated book on the collection, and to leave the works to the nation. Mind you, finding a home for them may not prove easy. “

The exhibition will be opened by Lord Archer on Saturday at 3pm and runs until October 30.

by Royston

Beetles does cricket

May 31, 2011 in Events


‘‘… and once again we have interruption of play caused by movement behind the bowler’s arm.’’

Wit and Wisden: A Celebration of Cricket opens at the Chris Beetles Gallery in London tomorrow (June 1).

It features more than 200 paintings and cartoons from the past 200 years celebrating the clunk of leather on willow. Visitors can expect work by Glen Baxter, Tony Husband, John Jensen, Larry, Ed McLachlan, above, Matt, Nick Newman and many others.

Andrew ‘‘Freddie’’ Flintoff will officially open the show, which begins just days before the Sri Lankan Test Match at Lords. It runs until June 18 and will be unaffected by rain.

More details at the Chris Beetles Gallery website.

by Royston

Music to the ears of Hoffnung fans

May 17, 2011 in Events

Hoffnung music cartoon
Sometimes a cartoonist becomes inextricably likned with a particular topic and for Gerard Hoffnung it was music.

A tuba player himself, Hoffnung (1925-1959) made music the central subject of his work. He was born in Berlin, but Hoffnung’s family moved to London to escape the Nazis in 1939. Though he died only 20 years later, aged 34, he managed to establish himself as a cartoonist with a very English sense of humour.

That humour can be seen in touring exhibition of his work, drawn from the Hoffnung family’s own collection, which is coming to the Chris Beetles Gallery in London. It features many of his best-known musical cartoons.

The gallery will be displaying it alongside the work of William Heath Robinson, in an exhibition called Instruments and Inventions. The exhibition opens on May 25 and runs until June 22. For more details, visit the Chris Beetles Gallery website.

Gallery takes cartoon show north

April 11, 2011 in News

Cartoon by Thelwell
The Chris Beetles Gallery of St James’s, London, is taking its collection of cartoons up the A1 to Nunnington Hall, near York, for a selling exhibition entitled Three Centuries of Cartoon Art which opens tomorrow (April 12).

Cartoon art spanning the ages will be on view, starting with Thomas Rowlandson from the 18th century, through 19th century greats such as Tenniel and on to the 20th century, with such big names as Searle, Thelwell, above, and Larry.

Contemporary newspaper cartoonists will also feature, including Peter Brookes, Matt, Christian Adams, Martin Rowson and Mac.
Tony Husband cartoon

Members of the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation, which runs the Bloghorn, feature in the show, including Andy Davey, Martin Honeysett, Tony Husband, above, Ed McLachlan, Royston Robertson, Kipper Williams and Mike Williams.

Tony Husband will open the event, talking about his life in cartooning while illustrating this with spontaneous cartoons. For more details, and to see the full exhibition online, visit the Chris Beetles website

by Royston

Heath Robinson comes home

March 8, 2011 in Events, News

Heath Robinson domestic cartoon

An exhibition of cartoons by William Heath Robinson is being held in Pinner, in the London Borough of Harrow, where the artist lived and worked for ten years.

The show, called Machines and Inventions, after the elaborate and somewhat improbable contraptions for which Heath Robinson is famous, will be held at West House in Pinner Memorial Park from March 19 until April 17.

The Chris Beetles Gallery is putting on the exhibition, which features 80 cartoons. They will be added to a major exhibition of work by Heath Robinson to be held in May at Chris Beetles’ own gallery in St James’s, Central London.
Heath Robinson railway cartoon

The show reflects a very English response to progress, particularly the technological developments of the early 20th century. Exhibited for the first time is a group of cartoons from Railway Ribaldry, which was published by the Great Western Railway in 1935. It’s hard to imagine any of today’s railway companies being happy to laugh at themselves in the same manner. Right: A simple device for preventing railway policemen from being run down when walking on the line.

Heath Robinson and his family lived in Pinner from 1908 to 1918. The exhibition is being staged in conjunction with the West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust, which has raised more than £1,400,000 to transform the building. As well as a gallery, it is used as a venue for conferences and as a memorial to commemorate the people of Pinner who died in the two world wars.

You can view Machines and Inventions, which is a selling exhibition, online at the Chris Beetles Gallery.

UPDATED: 9th March 2011

PCOer Robert Duncan writes to say;

Thanks Bloghorn. That other famous cartoonist Robert Duncan was also brought up in Pinner, and kissed his first girl in West House. Her glasses got in the way.

Angst, underlying sexual tension, passion and a rites of passage journey. You get it all on Bloghorn.