Sunday, December 22, 2013

Merry Christmas

Here's a rare & expensive christmas present for Searle completists.  Available here and the following images sourced here

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Seasons Greetings

Amid Amidi at Cartoon Brew features the quirky Christmas card designs of Disney animator Ward Kimball.  Searle visited the Disney studio in 1957 and remained friendly with several of the animators including Kimball. Here is the animators' 1966 card to Ronald.

Kimball also sent this get well card to Monica Searle when he learnt of her cancer treatment.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

'Searle In America' on Facebook

I've launched an official Facebook page for updates & info on the exhibition at the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum HERE!

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Another Searle exhibition!

Robert Forbes has one of the largest collections of original Searle artwork in the U.S. and several pieces in 'Searle In America' were generously loaned from the Forbes Gallery, NYC.  Mr Forbes collaborated with Searle on several books of poetry for children and now Forbes has 60 of the pictures on display in Palm Beach, Florida. Read this article for more details

"Forbes, who has been writing poetry for about 15 years, has three books with drawings by Searle. He was known as one of the world’s top illustrators until his death in 2011. Searle produced work for Life magazine, The New YorkerHoliday magazine, TV Guide and numerous British publications.
“I would send him three to six poems at a time,” Forbes said. “He never did preliminary sketches. Two or three months later, his package would arrive, and inside would be these glorious depictions of what was in my imagination and how he interpreted them and brought them to life. It’s rich, it’s whimsical, it’s silly, it’s lighthearted, it’s fun.”
Forbes said his fourth book with Searle needs about six more drawings. He plans to have another illustrator finish the book."

Monday, December 02, 2013

Exhibition reactions

"Visited the Cartoon Art Museum and got to pick this up! So crazy to see my work in print with so many other incredible artists! The Searle show was great" - Samantha Vilfort, contributing artist

"Members of the Advanced Character Design class I am taking at the Animation Collaborative (taught by Chris Sasaki) attended "Searle in America" at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. This show of Ronald Searle's work depicting American subjects is remarkable and a MUST for anyone breathing, let alone an interest in character or design. Matt Jones is responsible for this gem of a show and I have to say he did a perfect job bringing it all together. GO AND SEE THIS SHOW!" -Peter Emmerich,  contributing artist

SF Chronicle

Kenneth Baker, art critic at the San Francisco Chronicle, interviewed me about the exhibition. It appeared in the Thanksgiving edition.

'Countless Americans probably have seen the work of British cartoonist Ronald Searlewithout realizing it. People often confused it with that of prominent younger contemporaries Ralph Steadman and Gerald Scarfe, who salute Searle's influence.
Famous for wild-eyed drawings of cats, Searle (1920-2011) drew numerous illustrations for American periodicals, from TV Guide to theNew Yorker. He inspired even much younger contemporaries, including Matt Jones, who recently organized "Searle in America" at San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum.
Born in Wales, Jones, 37, has lived in the Bay Area for a number years, working as a storyboard artist for Pixar. His admiration of Searle's art led Jones to set up a blog devoted to his art in 2008.
We discussed the exhibition by phone.

Q: When did you get interested in Searle?
A: Growing up in the U.K., it's sort of in the DNA of the culture. The St Trinian's girls were famous. They were these boarding-school girls Searle invented who went around tormenting their teachers and other students. Many things in those books were based on his experience as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.
Q: Did you meet Searle?
A: I got to know him a little bit, and he ended up contributing to the blog, and was very appreciative of it. ... He had a reputation like (Stanley) Kubrick of being a recluse, and seeking privacy at all costs. But to me, he couldn't have been more of an old-school gentleman, very hospitable, very generous, full of stories. I hope some of them will make it into the book I have planned. ... He didn't drive, so back in the heyday of magazines that would fly him first class all over the place to illustrate travel stories, his agent had to drive him thousands of miles.
Q: Do you find yourself imitating Searle's way of drawing?
A: I try not to, but once you've seen his work, you can't unsee it. He didn't mentor me as such, but he gave me pointers, and I have them in mind when I'm working. ... He's my Obi-Wan Kenobi. ... He used to caricature even buildings. ... You can see a razor-sharp satirical mind jabbing at the culture.

If you go

Searle in America: Through March 30. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. (Closed Thanksgiving.) $3-$7. Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., S.F. (415)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you're looking for something to get you out of the house over the holiday go see 'Searle In America' at the Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco

Saturday, November 16, 2013

'Searle In America' opens today!

'Searle In America' is now open at the Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco.

The opening night went really well.  We auctioned the last of the fundraiser artwork items and raised another $3000 for the museum!

Federico Fiecconi, curator of the Bruno Bozzetto exhibition at the Walt Disney Family Museum dropped by.

Disney Feature Animation director John Musker was in San Francisco to be part of the panel discussion on Bruno Bozzetto.  He is a huge Searle fan and helped assemble some of the pieces in the exhibition.

Here's a sneak-peek at some of the pieces in the show

Here's the impeccable work graphic designer Susan Bradley did on the catalog.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

UK exhibitions

Chris Beetles' annual show 'The Illustrators' is coming up and features this mythical Searle picture.see a couple more Searle pictures on offer and the rest of the exhibition here

Abbott & Holder have a selection of Searle letter forms on sale here (previously auctioned here)
They also have this Express Theatre Column cartoon (circa 1955) and can't quite identify everyone in it. Best guesses: Max Miller, Frank Sinatra, Arthur Rank, Greer Garson . . . can anyone help?

The Cartoon Gallery in Chester, England will have a selection of Searle lithos, etchings and original drawings at their booth during the Chester Arts Fair November 16-17

Friday, November 01, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Live-action Searle

The Ronald Searle YouTube channel continues to delight-added recently is a film I've long searched for in vain- 'The King's Breakfast'.  One of two live-action short films Searle collaborated on with director & choreographer Wendy Toye. Searle designed the decor & costumes and painted the sets too so it's like watching actors enter a Searle picture.  Check out the 'King's Breakfast' here and 'On The Twelfth Day' here.  The two first worked together on a stage play 'Wild Thyme' 


Friday, October 25, 2013

A Line on Satire

Here's an exciting development for the weekend- Ronald Searle is on YouTube! He has his own channel with many rare films, including this one below from 1958. See Ronald draw! See Ronald in the bath! The BBC's Omnibus from 1976 'A Step In The Jungle' can be found there too and also John Lennon talking about the influence of Searle on his creative development. Courtesy of the Ronald Searle Cultural Estate

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Research help!

I'm still looking for any leads on Searle artwork that may be relevant to my book project 'Searle In America'.  I'd love to know more details & track down the originals/owners of the following:

'A lazy day, Central Park, New York '

Sold at Christie's, London, South Kensington  21 March2007 
Sale 5109 British & Continental Watercolours & Maritime Paintings 

signed, inscribed and dated 'Ronald Searle/Central Park/June 1957 - New York' (lower right)
pen and brown ink     9¾ x 14 in. (24.8 x 35.6 cm.)

'ALASKA', 1962





'A CBS outside broadcast'

Actress Bea Arthur, standing maid by Ronald Searle

Ronald Searle
TitleWildcat Mountain, Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire: A skiing scene
MediumGouache and Watercoloron board
SizeHeight 15.1 in.; Width 20.1 in. / Height 38.4 cm.; Width 51.1 cm.

'Fat men and buxom women on Miami Beach'



 'Sanibel Island, Florida'

Anyone with information please leave a comment below or contact me at the email address in my Blogger profile

Last appeal for help