About Gerald Scarfe

Gerald Scarfe was born in London. After a brief period at the Royal College of Art in London, he established himself as a satirical cartoonist, working for Punch magazine and Private Eye during the early sixties, and in 1967 he began a long association with the Sunday Times as their political cartoonist, also carrying out reportage assignments in Vietnam, the Middle East, India and Northern Ireland.


Gerald has had many exhibitions of his work worldwide, including New York, Osaka, Montreal, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, Germany and London, and more than 50 one-man shows. He has designed the sets and costumes for many plays, operas and musicals in London, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and New Zealand.

Gerald Scarfe has collaborated with Los Angeles Opera several times, including the designs for Fantastic Mr Fox, and The Magic Flute. He designed the sets and costumes for Orpheus in the Underworld, for the English National Opera at the London Coliseum, later remounted in Detroit, Houston and Los Angeles, and also designed the English National Ballet production of The Nutcracker, which was in their Christmas repertoire for 5 years.

TV & Film Work

Gerald’s film work includes Walt Disney’s Hercules, and he designed and directed the animation sequences for the film of Pink Floyd’s The Wall, as well as the live concerts. He recently collaborated with Roger Waters once again, for the new live tour of The Wall. On television Gerald created the opening title sequences for the classic comedy series, Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister.

He has written, directed and appeared in many live action and documentary films for the BBC and Channel 4 and has published a number of books of his work.

Political Cartoons

Gerald Scarfe was political cartoonist for the London Sunday Times for 50 years, and has also worked for The New Yorker magazine for 21 years. His work can be seen in the ‘Scarfe on Friday’ page in the London Evening Standard, and he also regularly appears in many periodicals in the UK and worldwide.

Gerald Scarfe was made a CBE in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours. He has also received Honorary Degrees from the University of Dundee and University of Kent, is an Honorary Professor of the University of Dundee and an Honorary Fellow of the London Institute.  He has been a member of the Royal Designers for Industry since 1989. Gerald Scarfe regularly gives illustrated talks about his life and work in the UK and around the world.


Scarfe: 60 Years of Being Rude – Special editions!

The limited Artist’s Edition of Scarfe: Sixty Years of Being Rude can be ordered direct from Gerald’s publisher by calling +44 (0)1235 759555. In 2019 Gerald published a stunning retrospective of his work, Scarfe, which expands on 2005’s Drawing Blood … Continue reading

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