Thursday, April 06, 2006

Ronald Searle




What can one say?...Hats off.

14 Comments:

Blogger UM said...

Fills my heart with joy. What a master!

6:03 pm  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

The London picture is from a book of London sketches he drew in the early fifties...Do you reckon he drew these in the street?...I know the pub ("The end of the world") is in Chelsea and looks exactly the same now....I have a "Secret Sketch Book" of drawings he drew in the red light district of Hamburg but the drawings are very loose, not like these.

6:16 pm  
Blogger limbolo said...

LOvely, Lovely...
I grew up on Ronald Searle. WHIZZ FOR ATOMS - the hilarious book he illustrated for Geoffrey Willans was every British schoolboy's bible in the 50's. ( I see that it has just been reissued as a Penguin Classic.)
When I was at Dick Williams' Studio I had to do some background artwork in Searle's style for 2 commercials animated and directed by Russell Hall.
There were 2 obese cats who moved with impeccable discretion - (courtesy of the incomparable Russell.)
Searle came in one afternoon and hovered over my shoulder. When I realised he was there I was too startled to say anything.

6:47 pm  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

I remember that commercial very well, it was gorgeous to look at. Russell is one of the best animators in the world and HE CAN DRAW AS WELL!!
Dick Williams also was very influenced by Searle in his drawing.Pity that Searle was involved with the wrong crowd when working for animation.."Dick Dead Eye" wasn't too hot, was it?
The best influence he casted in the medium the was the one in de BG design of "Hundred and one Dalmatians"...Marc Davis had a small but beautiful Searle in his home dating from the time when he visited Disney.

7:07 pm  
Blogger A. Riabovitchev said...

The man who reading a newspaper is amazing!Fabulous post.I love London very much!

7:36 pm  
Blogger limbolo said...

I saw Russell only a few weeks ago. He was passing through London - gaunt and brown from the southern sun.

8:06 pm  
Blogger Elliot said...

There is a winery not far from my home that has a giant Searle print on the wall - probably 5 meters by 10.
I found his work via a New Zealand artist called Murray Ball who I think worked with him for a time.

11:15 pm  
Blogger A. Riabovitchev said...

Everybody know Ronald Searle except me.Why?

6:53 am  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Because you must know other people we don't know.

7:13 am  
Blogger A. Riabovitchev said...

Do you know any very nice whatercolor artists?

8:15 am  
Blogger Process Junkie said...

Searle is a monster.

9:18 am  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Junkie. I LOVE him but I also feel some unease with his virtuosism.
I dont like very much his "modern life" drawings but I love his "oldy worldy" work.

Andrei: England has better watercolur artists per square mile than any country in the world. In the Victoria and Albert museum there is a cabinet of watercolours that could make you drool.
I have a personal preference for the German Emil Nolde I also like very much the work of the American David Levine (Who is a great caricature artist)

10:09 am  
Blogger limbolo said...

Hello all watercolour fans,
I will be posting some things by the great Arthur Melville at Gibbon shortly.
http://www.gibbi.blogspot.com

2:00 pm  
Blogger kiko said...

A este me lo mostrĂ³ Garayco, puede ser que tenga un fabuloso libro de Paris en tintas?, una bestia.

7:07 am  

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