The celebrations for Mr Searle's 90th birthday are in full swing from today & Searle fans in this country haven't had so much on offer in 50 years! Last night I previewed the exhibitions at the cartoon Museum and at Chris Beetles' gallery-both shows are packed with stunning examples of Searle's work.
At the Cartoon Museum opening I finally met writer & Searle fan Brian Sibley. We've corresponded through Blogger for several years so it was a pleasure to meet in person. Brian has a fine original Searle included in the Beetles show. He'll be doing a lecture on Searle's work at the Cartoon Museum as part of a series of talks that I shall be part of too (details to follow soon). Brian has posted a great overview of Searle's career on his blog.
Inky Parrot Press have published a limited run of 2 new books on Searle at 90-'What! Already?' and 'Watteau More Scaps'.
Drawn on Searle.
Mike Leigh on Searle's influence.