Ralph Steadman Biography
Ralph Steadman is a British artist and cartoonist is known for his provocative, often grotesque, illustrations frequently featuring spatters and splotch of ink and for his collaboration with American author and journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
Ralph Steadman Age
Steadman was born on 15 May 1936 in Wallasey Cheshire England.
Ralph Steadman Early Life
Steadman was born in Wallasey, Cheshire, grew up in Abergele in North Wales. From a lower-middle-class background, his father was a commercial traveller and his mother was a shop assistant at T J Hughes in Liverpool. He attended East Ham Technical College and the London College of Printing during the 1960s, doing freelance work for Punch, Private Eye, the Daily Telegraph, The New York Times and Rolling Stone during this time.
One of Ralph’s favourite pass-times growing up was to make model aeroplanes. He would rush home from school and would always complete any outstanding homework before allowing himself to indulge in his hobby.
Ralph Steadman Career
Steadman has worked with writers including Ted Hughes, Adrian Mitchell and Brian Patten, and also illustrated editions of Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, Animal Farm, the English translation of Flann O’Brien’s Gaelic-language classic The Poor Mouth, and most recently, Fahrenheit 451.
Among the British public, he is well known for his illustrations for the catalogues of the off-licence chain Oddbins. Steadman In 1985, designed a set of four British postage stamps to commemorate the appearance that year of Halley’s Comet.
He contributed to the BirdLife International’s Preventing Extinctions programme with an image of critically endangered northern bald ibis.
Steadman has designed label art for Flying Dog beer and in fact, designed the V logo used on Flying Dog’s packaging since 1995. In 2018, Flying Dog received a complaint in the UK about the packaging of its “Easy IPA” reduced-alcohol beer. The complaint partially involved Steadman’s label art, depicting a tipsy cartoon character.
Ralph Steadman Music
Steadman wrote a 57-second song in 1980 “Sweetest Love (Lament after a Broken Sashcord on a Theme by John Donne)” for an album he was illustrating, Miniatures (A Sequence of Fifty-One Tiny Masterpieces Edited by Morgan Fisher, on Pipe Records. Steadman sang the song to Fisher’s harmonium accompaniment.
Ralph Steadman Awards
Steadman has won for his work include the Francis Williams Book Illustration Award for Alice in Wonderland, the American Society of Illustrators’ Certificate of Merit, the W H Smith Illustration Award for I Leonardo, the Dutch Silver Paintbrush Award for Inspector Mouse, the Italian Critica in Erba Prize for That’s My Dad, the BBC Design Award for postage stamps, the Black Humour Award in France, and several Designers and Art Directors Association Awards. He was voted Illustrator of the Year by the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1979.
Ralph Steadman Artwork
Ralph Steadman Film
A major documentary about Steadman’s career, For No Good Reason, directed by Charlie Paul, played at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in the “Mavericks” programme. The film, reportedly 15 years in the making, played in New York City and Los Angeles in December 2013 and was given US domestic release in spring 2014. The the film was in competition for the Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the 2012 BFI London Film Festival.
Ralph Steadman website
Website https: www.ralphsteadman.com
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