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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Searle Down Under

Over the course of his career Searle did several assignments on an antipodean theme, not the least of which were the 'wine' drawings for the Australian arm of wine-maker John Goelet's vinery business Taltarni and Moonambel.



For Sports Illustrated (Nov 1st, 1971) he illustrated  John Underwood's article 'Poms, Butcher-Birds and Bogeymen' . The original article is archived here





Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hommages & fakes pt.3

The art interns at Disney TV were recently given an assignment to design a 'royal family' in the style of Ronald Searle.

Teacher and artist Bobby Pontillas created two very Searle-esque renditions of the 'royal families' from 'Game of Thrones'. These look amazingly like real ink pieces but are, in fact, created with digital 'brushes'. Read how Bobby achieved the Searle line over on his Tumblr


 Glynn Aiden

Alexis Page


Nathan Fergason


Jackie Kong



Roxann Cole



Taylor Krahenbuhl 

The artists at Dreamworks Animation did a similar exercise a few years ago. Check out those images here.  All the drawings inspired by Searle for my 2013 exhibition fundraiser are on view here 


Master Searle stylist Uli Meyer is still working on his animated Molesworth and gives a tease of an update and is appealing for original artwork on the Facebook page.




This is how NOT to do it! The latest awful forgery to surface on the art market.


See more Searle style drawings at the 'hommage' sections here and here and here

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Paris exhibition

Searle fans visiting Paris should stop in at Galerie Martine Gossieaux on the Left Bank at rue Université behind the musée D'Orsay. She usually deals in drawings by her husband Jean-Jacques Sempé but several years ago but together an exquisite collection of Searle's caricatures from the French theatre originally made for Punch magazine. They are currently on display at the gallery or see a preview at the gallery website.



More on the gallery and the catalogue here

Sunday, July 10, 2016

More reactions to the book


I sent film director and Searle fan Mike Leigh a copy of 'Ronald Searle's America' his reaction was kind: 'Your RS book is tremendous. It's glorious, and I cherish it.'

Animator Tim Watts was impressed too:
'I have been looking through the book.   It is really terrific - it is beautifully laid out and designed with lots of fresh, detailed information and photographs as well as largely unseen drawings.   I wish there were more books like this that offer more than the repeated stories one tends to hear from book to book about a subject.'

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

A Grain of Sand

 I can't find out much more than the following but I'd love to see this short film. (Another is the 'John Gilpin' short made by Halas & Batchelor with Searle's drawings for the '51 Festival of Britain)

'Created for the UNICEF film, Grain of Sand, 1964. This film tells the UNICEF story simply and dramatically. In the first part, William Blake’s poem, Auguries of Innocence, is narrated over graphic animation by Ronald Searle; the second part features a day in the life of a Tunisian boy. Narrator, David Wayne'

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library, OSU







'The plight of children in some parts of the world is portrayed in animated sequences by noted British artist Ronald Searle, the narration following the style of William Blake's poem. There is live footage of a day in the life of a ten-year-old boy in Tunisia. What he observes on his way to and from school illustrates some of the work of UNICEF.'
196414 min 50 s









William Jeremiah Burke

('Continuing into the 1940s and through the 1960s, the correspondence details some of his work as director of editorial research at LOOK magazine and its sister publications Quick and  Flair magazines. Correspondence, diary, manuscripts of novels, poems, articles, photographs, books,
memorabilia and other personal and professional papers of an author and director of editorial research at LOOK magazine, 1943-1968'.)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Singapore Exhibition pt. 2

The Magical Pen Line:
Ronald Searle

'One of the most influential illustrators and cartoonists of his time, Ronald William Fordham Searle, (1920 - 2011) is considered one of the leading artists of 20th century Euro-American illustrative
arts. The British artist whose artistic oeuvre spans over five decades, has contributed to numerous prominent publications, such as The New Yorker, the Sunday Express, News Chronicle and Punch
just to name a few.
The impact that Searle’s style has had on graphic arts is hard to overstate. Searle’s signature style of line drawings by ink pen has paved the way for innovations in contemporary illustration and
animated films. Regarded as a radical aesthetic during its time, this edgy style was to influence later generations of animated film across a span of genres, such as Walt Disney, United Productions
of America (UPA) animation studio, all as well as contemporary artists such as Sylvain Chomet and Matt Groening.

The Magical Pen Line: Ronald Searle features over 50 reproductions of rare illustrations, sketches and artefacts, from the Imperial War Museum (London) and the Wilhelm Busch Museum of Carica-
ture and Illustrative Arts (Germany).
The exhibition traces the young Ronald Searle’s time in Singapore as a prisoner of war. During this time, he produced more than 300 drawings and illustrations documenting the Japanese Occupation
in Singapore where he was captured and was forced to work on the Thailand-Burma Death Railway. This first part charts his un-flinching determination to give a personal and direct picture of the
facets of war, from ordinary days in the camp to brutal incidents, as well as early cartoons.
It also shows the birth of what became Searle’s signature style in the technique of quick and pointed sketching, and in the way he will present his satirical outlook of life. To quote him in a 1967
interview, “Everything was rooted there I think. To go into those sort of circumstances... inevitably marks you, marks your way on anything you do, anything you relate to afterwards.”
In this exhibition, you will see Searle’s skills and dexterity in translating scenes – both from the realms of conflict and struggle, as well as the realms of entertainment and satire – a skill that will later grow to cement his reputation as a versatile artist.
Complementing this selection are also his works as an illustrator and designer focusing not only on satirical cartoons, but also on his work on animated films, showing title and character designs as
well as story boards.
Searle received widespread recognition for his unique work, and original style especially in America. He received the National Cartoonists Society’s Advertising and Illustration Award in 1959 and
1965, the Reuben Award in 1960, their illustration Award in 1980 and their Advertising Award in 1986 and 1987. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004. In 2007,
he was decorated with one of France’s highest awards, the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, and in 2009, he received the German Order of Merit.

The Magical Pen Line: Ronald Searle is held in conjunction with the Society of Animation Studies Conference which is organised by the School of Art, Design & Media (ADM), Nanyang Techno-
logical University.'


(From the pdf Exhibition & screenings here)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016