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Drawing Blood: Forty Five Years of Scarfe [Hardcover]

Gerald Scarfe
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3 Nov 2005
This is a truly exceptional collection of drawings from one of our most revered cultural commentators. Gerald Scarfe began his career in the 60s working for PUNCH and PRIVATE EYE before taking a job as a political cartoonist for the DAILY MAIL. He then worked for TIME Magazine in New York before starting his long association with the SUNDAY TIMES that still exists today in the form of his weekly drawings. His varied career has seen him work with Pink Floyd (The Wall, Wish You Were Here), Roger Waters and Eric Clapton (The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking), Disney (Hercules), English National Ballet (The Nutcracker), Los Angeles Opera (Fantastic Mr Fox) as well as produce such iconic images as those for the titles of Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister. His work has featured in the New Yorker and various BBC TV films such as Scarfe on Sex and Scarfe on Class. Exhibitions of his paintings and drawings have appeared in the Tate Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. He is viewed by many as both a national treasure and a genius and this is the first collection of his work to appear for 20 years.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (3 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316729523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316729529
  • Product Dimensions: 32.1 x 25.9 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What gives this book an unexpected human warmth and candour in the disarmingly direct commentary by the artist about his public life and intimate thoughts. In words, as in his imagery, he freely exposes his most vulnerable, private parts, while at the same time readily baring his slavering fangs in the face of social injustice, fat-cat folly and political hypocrisy. (METRO LONDON)

Arranged by year, this is impresively completist... He also proves again and again that he should be regarded as one of the foremost commentators on the misery of our special friendship with America. Indispensible. (THE LIST)

Hugely entertaining (SUNDAY TIMES Books of the Year)

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The very best highlights from Gerald Scarfe's remarkable career as one of Britain's foremost artists and political cartoonists, whose work has been published all over the world

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia via Satire 1 May 2006
I'm just the right age for all this to actually mean something. I started buying the Sunday Times at the same time that Scarfe started illustrating for it and I've grown up appreciating his acerbic yet spot-on comments on the political and social mess that the late twentieth-century thrust at us. The negroid Statue of Liberty setting America aflame, Lyndon Johnson shitting bombs on Vietnam, Wilson and MacMillan almost Punch-and-Judy in their behaviour. This is nitty gritty, pared to the bone political commentary... and the memories flood back.
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a brilliant book if you like his work.bulging with his illustrations,it's a big, beautiful book which I keep nearby as a regular source of inspiration when producing illustrative work with pen and ink.If you like Scarfe, Ralph Steadman is great also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scarfe 10 Jun 2013
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Scarfe, he has been one of my artistic inspirations, I do not forget other masters of artistry but when I first came across his work in the mid sixties, an inspiration of the terrible horrors of the Vietnam War & others too many to mention, became a well we are not alone. ps terrible but true "How do you crucify a child in Vietnam" Recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a mind. 27 May 2013
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A superb set of drawings. You can enjoy this book but if you lived through the events it is even more enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great!!!! 10 Feb 2010
amazing!!! i saw the movie "the wall"!!!! my all time favorite movie!!!!!the animations of gerald scarfe are incredible!!! the book is full drawings of the master!!! i love his nasty drawing, unusual and bitter!!!!!i would like to see the bbc documentary"scarfe on scarfe"!!! i saw it a long time ago on a germen tv!!!! i wish a dvd were available!!!!!
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