Ronald Searle 1920-2011

January 3, 2012

We’ve lost an artist who influenced, not just generations of artists, but countless film makers, designers, and the like. I won’t claim to be an expert on his life or work, but he was one of those whose images were so wide reaching that you’re familiar it, or its influence, without knowing his name. His art was elegant and spastic, refined and rough, beautiful and ugly… all at the same time. Only yesterday I was talking with my wife about him, and considering he was over 90 and still seen as cutting edge as he was in the 60s, that says a lot. There isn’t a cartoonist I know, from editorial, to strip, to graphic novels, that don’t consider him a pioneer and/or an inspiration.

Rest well sir.

Ronald Searle Mar. 3, 1920- Dec. 30, 2011


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