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5.0 out of 5 stars Why the pen is mightier than the sword, 16 May 2012
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This review is from: Gerald Scarfe (Paperback)
Scarfe is the undisputed master of the genre of cartoon and caricature. This volume offers an excellent introduction to his inimitable style through a selection of his best works since the 1960s. Gerald Scarfe's cartoons are more than art they are also wicked acidic political obsevation and social commentary. Your eyes are assaulted by the power of his imagery whilst his sometimes painfully cynical and sharp observations of our human failings communicate all too powefully and instantly. A swift visual boot in the conscience.
Scarfe has an instantly recognisable style of great panache, speed and flare. The book is a masterclass for the aspiring artist. It also makes you stop and think. Scarfe is, for me, the ultimate political commentator, devoid of partisan influence he is as scathing and acerbic to all who desire to rule.
This is not the sterile circus trick of the merely talented, this is the passionate artistry of a great talent married to an astute, compassionate and intelligent observer.
My favourite Scarfe works are his B&W ink drawings of politicians in the late 1960s early 1970s. The Richard Nixon cartoons are genius- fabulous art, hilariously funny, nobly cynical and damn terrifying. Likewise his Ted Heath cartoons are iconic and never bettered by any cartoonist. It is such a pity some of his works were deemed too strong for publication. All Scarfe's cartoons of Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith deserved a much wider audience at the time (Check them out in Scarfe's recent book "Drawing Blood").
Satire and art at their best, this volume offers a taster of the great Gerald Scarfe.

Other than admiring the art I have no connection with the author or publisher.
Alex
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