Born London 1954.
At the age of 14, he won the Observer's National Political Cartoon Com... more
Born London 1954.
At the age of 14, he won the Observer's National Political Cartoon Competition in 1968. At 17, he was accepted at the Slade School to study Fine Art. After leaving the Slade he worked and studied in Japan for 5 years. Since returning from Japan in the late 1970s he has produced political cartoons and
illustrations continuously for the left press. His first book of cartoons,
'The Big Bang for Bureaucrats', an attack on the governments plans for civil defence in
the event of a nuclear attack, was taken up by the late Jo Spence at the Cockpit Gallery in
London and turned into a travelling exhibition that toured the UK for a year before going
on show in London's County Hall, then home of the GLC. In 1986 he worked for the New Statesman magazine and then John Pilger's News on Sunday. In 1993 he was runner-up in the National Political Cartoon Competition organised by the
Guardian, Financial Times and the Angle Gallery where a solo show followed. In 1996, his
work was bought by the Museum of London. More recently, his images for Artists' Against the War and the Stop the War Coalition have
gone around the world and been reproduced on placards in San Francisco and rickshaws across
Dhaka with postcards of his work being sold to thousands on the demonstrations against the
Afghan and Iraq wars, helping to raise money for the anti-war movement. From its foundation in 2004 he has worked closely with Respect producing cartoons for its
tabloids and postcards and billboards for its European and General Election campaigns. He
produced all the visual art for George Galloway's election victory in Bethnal Green and Bow
in 2005 and in the same year his second book 'Topple the Mighty' which includes a detailed
history of attacks on public statues, was published. In 2006, his anti-war work was used in the film 'Children of Men' directed by Alfonso Cuaron
,with Michael Caine, Clive Owen and Julianne Moore. Earlier this year, 2 of his works were exhibited at Tate Britain as part of Mark Wallinger's
State Britain installation which was responsible for Wallinger winning the Turner Prize. Recently, his anti-war work was on show in the Imperial War Museum's 'Weapons of Mass
Communication' exhibition of war posters from its collection. In 2008, his work was acquired by the Cartoon Museum in London.