"Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible."
Fred Haslam, champion rabbit breeder.
For three decades, from the early ‘60s, I made caricatures for publications such as The New York Times, the Observer, the London Sunday Times, and Der Spiegel, culminating in the topical satirical television show Spitting Image in 1984, which kept me busy for around thirteen years trying to meet impossible deadlines.
When the show closed in 1997 I did what some people thought was the only decent thing I could do; possibly ever had done. I transported myself to Australia. I had lost my appetite for modelling caricatures. However I retained a fascination with the surreal and grotesque and Australia abounds with both.
I travelled extensively in Australia from Arnhem Land in the north to the Coorong in the south. I drew and painted Australia’s strange flora and fauna. After years of satirising the insanity of western politics and contemporary life I felt I was reconnecting with the natural world around me. My formative years were spent in the Norfolk Fens in the 1940s and 50s where much of the flora and fauna of that era have vanished.
Back on the North Norfolk coast I am making drawings for ceramics which I work on in Jingdezhen, China’s Porcelain City. I would like the resulting work to be as engaging and attractive as my caricatures were rude and ugly.
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