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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. [...]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

First published in The Guardian online, 25 December 2013. Considering the mini furore in some social media outlets over my rejected crucifixion cartoon, it now bewilders me that I was much more worried about the potential reaction to this Christmas Day cartoon. Worried to the point where, of my own accord, I submitted a watered down version. [...]

A Nice Day Out

A Nice Day Out

First published in theguardian.com, 29 June, 2011   The undisputed First Couple of Mexican art are Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. When they got married Diego was 42 years old, 6’1″ and was 300 pounds; Frida was 22, 5’3″ and 98 pounds. This caused them many problems as people often got them mixed up and some people even thought they were twins. [...]

Jewellery of the Face

Jewellery of the Face

First published in www.theguardian.com, 18 December 2013   It’s interesting to witness an artwork becoming really famous before your eyes. When you think about it, fame (for a painting) is such a lottery. It is not, as one naively assumes when young, that the artworks of the highest quality are automatically the ones that are most [...]

Is this too much?

Is this too much?

This cartoon was meant to be published in the Guardian yesterday but was pulled at the last minute. Were they right? Did I go too far? Maybe they saved my bacon. Not sure whether to be angry or not. Considering that half of Western art is about religion it feels silly avoiding it. I’d be [...]

This is not a knife

This is not a knife

First published in The Guardian online, 23 June 2011 This is a riff on Rene Magritte’s famous painting The Treachery of Images. It shows a pipe. Written below it are the words “Ceci nest pas use pipe.”, French for “This is not a pipe.” This highlights the fact that, despite its realism, this is a painting [...]

A Final Meal

A Final Meal

First published in www.theguardian.com on 4 December 2013 I was sitting at an extendable table and, half-bored, wrote the words “extendable table” in my notebook. I then asked myself which artwork has a long table in it. Leonardo Da Vinci’s ”Last Supper” quickly came to mind. Sometimes you just stumble upon a premise that opens up such a rich [...]

Who?

Who?

First published in www.theguardian.com on 20 November 2013 I like Banksy. His graffiti is always witty and he has conjured up  quite an unlikely, successful career. I’m not sure why it took so long to do a cartoon on him but it was his recent month long sojourn in New York City that prompted me to act.    Initially I decided [...]

Revolting

Revolting

First published in The Guardian online, 6 November 2013 This cartoon makes use of Jean-Francois Millet’s The Gleaners and Jean-Honore Fragonard’s The Swing. The two paintings embody such perfectly opposing values – peasants/aristocracy, work/play, poverty/wealth, hard life/frivolity, barren earth/lush vegetation, etc – that they begged to be put together. The trick was to give them a context [...]