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Scarfe books to be published!

Gerald Scarfe’s autobiography Long Drawn Out Trip: My Life will be published on 26th September 2019 by Little, Brown. For the first time, the legendary cartoonist and designers tells his life story. With captivating, often thrilling stories, Gerald takes us from his childhood and early days at Punch and Private Eye, through his long and occasionally tumultuous career as the Sunday Times cartoonist, to his film-making at the BBC and much-loved designs for Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Disney’s Hercules.

Also, on  7th November, another publication: Scarfe: Sixty Years Of Being Rude – a beautifully illustrated coffee-table book that presents work spanning Gerald’s incredible artistic career. In Scarfe, Gerald Scarfe’s work is presented as no book has presented it before. This fully illustrated, 576-page coffee-table volume reveals the truth of sixty years of politics and culture, packed with images that have defined not only one artist’s career, but also twentieth and twenty-first century British life. A showcase of Gerald’s glittering career in design, reportage and showbusiness, Scarfe presents drawings, sculptures and photographs alongside witty and poignant captions and stories. His muses: Thatcher, Clinton, Blair, May and Trump, as well as many other titanic figures of our times are all here, revealed as they really are by Gerald’s cutting pen. Carefully curated by the artist himself, this monumental book is the definitive guide to the career of a national treasure.

Scarfe Exhibition opens in Hannover

A large retrospective exhibition of Gerald Scarfe’s political work has now opened at the Wilhelm Busch Museum in Hannover, Germany. Around 120 of his extraordinary drawings are now on show until 12th August. A catalogue of the exhibition is also available to order from the Wilhelm Busch Museum.

Gerald Scarfe Exhibition on tour

Gerald’s very popular exhibition at the House of Illustration, Gerald Scarfe Stage & Screen, has now closed. But the good news is that the Exhibition will be going on tour. The first venue to host is the Winchester Discovery Centre, where it will run from 31st March to 27th June. We will post future venues as and when they are confirmed.

Gerald Scarfe at the House of Illustration

Gerald’s popular exhibition currently running at the House of Illustration in London has now been extended until 10th February. Gerald has also contributed an exciting lot to the upcoming sale at Sotheby’s to benefit the House of Illustration – the world’s only public gallery solely dedicated to illustration and graphic arts, and a registered charity, with no public funding, relying on fundraising to raise over 40% of its income each year.

First Editions: Re-Covered – Monday 11 December 7.30pm at Sotheby’s 34-35 New Bond Street London W1A 2AA

An auction comprising a collection of 33  unique collectible first editions with beautiful original dust-jackets designed, and generously donated, by leading artists and designers. Artists chose a book they felt a strong connection to, and then created a new jacket, or artwork, in response to it. The end result is 33 wonderful lots which will be auctioned to benefit House of Illustration. The books and their beautiful new covers will be on public display at Sotheby’s in London (34-35 New Bond Street W1A 2AA) from Friday 8 December – Monday 11 December. Y


One of the auction lots is a special re-covered copy of The Making of Pink Floyd The Wall, WITH TWO ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS ADDED TO DUST-JACKET BY  GERALD SCARFE, each 280 by 230mm. comprising ‘The Teacher’ and ‘The Wife’, ink and watercolour, signed and dated by the artist (“Gerald Scarfe 7 Oct 2014”) on front free endpaper.



Gerald Scarfe: Stage & Screen

A fascinating exhibition of Gerald Scarfe’s work on stage and on screen at the House of Illustration, King’s Cross in London.

“I always want to bring my creations to life – to bring them off the page and give them flesh and blood, movement and drama.”

A rare opportunity to explore extensive but little-known production designs by celebrated political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, with storyboards, costumes and props from Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Disney’s Hercules and English National Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

Discover an imagination that is acerbic, explosive and unmistakable, both on and off the page.

Exhibition dates: 22nd September-21st January 2018, 10.00am-6.00pm

Location: House of Illustration, Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH.

For tickets please contact House of Illustration.

Scarfe sale at Sotheby’s

On 5th April there is to be an exclusive sale day of Gerald Scarfe original work – a variety of pieces including some from Disney’s Hercules, Pink Floyd The Wall, theatre design and of course some political pieces. If you are a serious collector and interested in attending the sale please contact Sotheby’s for a catalogue.

Gerald Scarfe talk at the V & A

On Friday 16th June at 7 pm Gerald Scarfe will be giving a talk at the V & A Museum in London on his varied career and in particular his collaboration with Pink Floyd on The Wall stage shows and film. The talk is part of the V & A  celebration of Pink Floyd, with their exhibition, Their Mortal Remains, running during May and June (three Gerald Scarfe works form part of the exhibition). For tickets to this event contact the V & A box office.


Barbican Exhibition Closed

The highly successful exhibition of Scarfe original drawings and memorabilia at the Barbican Music Library has now closed. We will update the web site with new exhibitions during 2017 as soon as we have confirmation.

Gerald Scarfe Book Signing at Barbican Library

Gerald Scarfe will be at the Barbican Library between 12.30 and 1.30 on Wednesday 14th September to sign copies of his books. The appearance will be at the venue of the ‘Scarfe & Music Exhibition. Please note – only cash or cheque payments for books can be accepted.


Scarfe and Music – Exhibition at Barbican Music Library


 Gerald Scarfe exhibits art work, posters and prints from his extensive work within the world of music – from Pink Floyd The Wall to drawings of pop stars, and designs for opera, ballet and the theatre. The exhibition will also include memorabilia never seen before.


Gerald said: “I’m mainly known for my political cartoons so I welcome this opportunity to show some of the many other things I do – ballet, opera, West End theatre, rock & roll, animation and so on – all of which include some element of music. I hope you enjoy it”.

A collaboration between Gerald Scarfe and the Barbican Music Library, the exhibition will run from 5th September to 31st October. Please contact the Barbican Library for more information on 020 7638 0672.


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