Preview by Paul Nelson
GERALD Scarfe, Britain's foremost caricaturist, is to appear
in An Audience With
at the Chelsea Festival on
Tuesday, June 17.
This fascinating interactive evening, fully illustrated with
examples of his work, is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to meet
the cartoonist and designer, to hear stories and anecdotes and
be able to ask questions about his 40-year-old career, which has
included work for The Sunday Times to Walt Disney, and
from Pink Floyd to opera, rock and roll to ballet and from books
to West End productions.
A caricaturist and political cartoonist of exceptional savagery,
Scarfe's work is diverse, prolific, and visually stunning as well
as being controversial.
Famous for his unique illustrations, his visceral caricatures
and his animated artwork for Pink Floyd's film and stage spectacular
The Wall, he made history as the only outside artist to
design a Walt Disney film when he worked on the animated feature
He provides the vision for the English National Ballet's new
production of The Nutcracker.
Gerald Scarfe was born in London. He was asthmatic as a child
and spent much time drawing and reading.
After a brief period at the Royal College of Art in London, he
established himself as a satirical cartoonist, working for Punch
magazine and Private Eye during the early 60s.
He has had many exhibitions world wide, including New York, Osaka,
Montreal, Chicago and London, and 50 one-man shows.
He has designed the sets and costumes for plays, operas and musicals
in London, Houston, Los Angeles and Detroit.
Gerald has written and directed many live action and documentary
films for the BBC and Channel 4 and has published many books of
his work, the most recent being Scarface - an examination of
the human face - and Hades: The Truth at Last for Disney
Gerald Scarfe is currently political cartoonist for the Sunday
Times and his work appears regularly in many periodicals,
including The New Yorker, Vogue and Talk magazine.
An Audience With Gerald Scarfe, Tuesday, June 17, Julian Bloom
Lecture Theatre, Stewart's Grove, off Fulham Road, London SW3.
Festival Box Office: 020 7351 1005. Tickets £12.50 (to include
a glass of wine and after-show refreshments).
Gerald Scarfe Exhibition, Large Hall, Chelsea Old Town Hall,
King's Road, London SW3. Daily 11am to 6pm, June 16 to 19.
Tickets £5 (to include a glass of wine).