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Contrapposto

Contrapposto

First published in The Guardian, 30 April, 2014.   The more I think about it, the more it seems to me that the development of contrapposto was one of the most important events in the history of art. There was already a few thousand years of stiff, static figures in art, so it was by [...]

True Romance

True Romance

First published in The Guardian, 16 April 2014   Cinderella’s life story is a  true rags to riches fairytale. She went from nothing to ultimately marrying the most desirable man in the kingdom. Prince Charming was ridiculously good looking – a fortunate genetic accident that partially compensated for his extreme stupidity. By asking every single woman [...]

Wankers

Wankers

First published in The Guardian, 2 April, 2014. Manet was a radical artist in many different ways. His painting technique was not the standard polished perfection of the time but had visible brushstrokes that veered between sketchy and thick and creamy. He created stark juxtapositions of light and dark, often doing away with mid tones altogether. [...]

Art Crime

Art Crime

First published in The Guardian, 19 March, 2014   I found this page of old police mugshots in my sock drawer. No idea how it got there but it meant I didn’t have to think up a new cartoon, which was a relief.  This may be cheating but morality isn’t my strong suit.   Occasionally, [...]

Marge Giaconda

Marge Giaconda

One of my artoons (this one) has just been published in a terrific new book by Prestel – “Mona Lisa to Marge: How the World’s Greatest Artworks Entered Popular Culture”. Originally published by the very classy Lazy Dog Press in Milan, it has a preface by the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, he of La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour) [...]

D.I.Y.

D.I.Y.

First published in The Guardian, 14 February, 2014

A light yet bulbous moment

A light yet bulbous moment

First published in The Guardian, 5 February, 2014   Work No. 227: The lights going on and off , by Martin Creed, is exactly what the title says – a light in a ceiling in a room, switching on and off at 5 second intervals. That’s it.  It has been described as the first important artwork of the [...]

The House of Yellow

The House of Yellow

First published in The Guardian, 22 Janury, 2014     I had an idea about doing something along the lines of that movie trope where someone (for the sake of convenience, let’s call him/her Keitherine) walks into the room of a friend/acquaintance/stranger to find it covered floor to ceiling with photos, all of Keitherine. Keitherine immediately realises, [...]

Better to have flown and lost than never to have flown at all

Better to have flown and lost than never to have flown at all

First published in The Guardian.com, 8 January 2014. I drew this cartoon (drew? wrote? created? I never know which verb to use about making cartoons. Yes they are drawn but for me the idea is the most important thing so lots of writing is involved and…Hang on – should I even say verb there? Perhaps I should say past [...]

Everybody Dance Now

Everybody Dance Now

First published in The Guardian, 28 November, 2012. This cartoon was amazingly topical at the time but as events fade into the distance I realise it could benefit from an explanation.   Background:  The Gangnam Style video, by the South Korean singer Psy, is the most viewed in the history of Youtube.   The song and its video spawned many parodies. [...]