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Gerald Scarfe
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Artist
    (June 1, 1936- )
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Cartoonist and animator
    Editorial cartoonist for 'The Sunday Times'
    Illustrator for 'The New Yorker'
    Created animated segments for 'Pink Floyd The Wall' (1982)
    Production designer for Disney's 'Hercules' (1997)
    He left the Royal College of Art after two weeks, noting 'I just wanted to know I was good enough to get in.'
    He and Jane Asher had two kids out of wedlock before getting married.
    He puts so much pressure on his pens that the nibs break.
    He says he cannot relate to ballet, even though he has designed sets and costumes for it.
    He said, 'As an artist, I am never completely satisfied.'
    His images have been described as 'grotesque' and 'diseased.'
    He started drawing as a child to entertain himself while bedridden with asthma.
    He said, 'My drawings were always about my fears and they still are. It used to be all about witches and werewolves. Now it's about arrogant politicians.'
    At fourteen, he won a drawing competition in 'The Eagle'; David Hockney was one of the runners up.
    As a correspondent covering the 1968 Presidential election, Richard Nixon tried to have him thrown off the press bus.
    He said he likes doing editorial cartoons for papers that do not always share his political views because, 'I enjoy preaching to the unconverted.'
    The director of the National Portrait Gallery said, 'He has remained ebullient, sharp and brilliant by turns -- a Cruikshank for our times.'
    When the government of China banned a book of his that included drawings of naked men because the penises were too big, he replied, 'Well, that's what we're all like in Britain.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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