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Ralph Steadman: Printin’ Backwuds - Lazarides Editions

Ralph Steadman

Exhibition preview

FROM July 17 to August 13, 2015, Lazarides Editions is presenting Printin’ Backwuds, an exhibition looking back at over 50 years of fine art prints by one of the world’s most renowned and politically charged cartoonists, Ralph Steadman.

Steadman’s direct and impulsive drawing style brought a new level of savagery to British political cartooning in the 1960s, and has continued to have huge impact throughout his influential and extensive career.

Steadman is best known for his long term partnership with Hunter S Thompson, who he first collaborated with during a trip to the Kentucky Derby in 1970, and in doing so formed one of the most acclaimed artistic collaborations of the 20th century. It was here that the pair first developed the ideas and methods of Gonzo journalism that would go on to define their careers.

The widely adored Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas series brought both Steadman and Thompson worldwide recognition and led them to being considered counter culture royalty. This immersive ‘Gonzo’ approach to Steadman’s work would not only nurture his partnership with Thompson, right up until Thompson’s death in 2005, but allow Steadman to become one of the most sought after commercial artists in the world.

In a year that has seen cartoons profoundly affect international relations, Printin’ Backwuds will reference Steadman’s extensive career and his ongoing experimental relationship with the fine art print.

On show will be over 30 rare works from the artist’s archives, including never-before-seen prints that have been counter signed by Hunter S Thompson and others that bare the bullet holes from the gun of William Burroughs.

Lazarides Editions are releasing four brand new limited edition prints with Steadman, marking the release of his forthcoming book Nextinction which has been created in collaboration with conservationist and film-maker Ceri Levy. Nextinction (published by Blooomsbury) will be launched at the exhibition reception on Thursday, July 16.

The exhibition will also host the grand unveiling of an exclusive ‘Vintage Dr Gonzo’ limited edition bronze sculpture, as well as a screening of For No Good Reason, the 2012 documentary that guides us through the work and life of this living legend.

Lazarides Editions, 22 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD