Searle Presentation Book Signing
Feb 6, 2016
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Matt Jones is a story artist in the animation industry based in Los Angeles. His ‘Perpetua: Ronald Searle Tribute’ website has become the foremost resource for Searle fans. Matt will be giving a presentation, A ‘private view’ of Meeting Searle and Preview of the Book. Each book comes with a limited edition print. (While supplies last)
This lushly-produced book compiles drawings and illustrations by legendary British illustrator Ronald Searle have been virtually unseen since their original publication in the 1960s. During this golden age of illustrative reportage, Ronald Searle—an influence on historic figures as wide-ranging as Matt Groening, Pat Oliphant, and John Lennon—was sent by American magazines such as Holiday and LIFE to far-flung and exotic locations. He would report back with a raft of drawings detailing his observations and experience in his trademark satirical and matchlessly virtuosic style.
Dispatched to America in the early ’60s, Searle spent several years covering everything from sports to politics, from spreads on Palm Springs and Las Vegas to the Presidential contest between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon for magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post and TV Guide, capturing the essence of the American experience as seen through the eyes of a caustic Englishman. Edited by the passionate Searle scholar Matt Jones, whose Perpetua: Ronald Searle Tribute website has become the foremost resource for Searle fans, the book also features a running commentary by Searle himself (as well as his wife Kaye Webb), including the journal he kept during the JFK- Nixon election, providing historical context to his assignments, recounting funny anecdotes, and making insightful observations about the drawings. This deluxe coffee-table book will be the most lavish treatment of Searle’s work that U.S. audiences have ever seen.
Ronald Searle (1920-2011) trained at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology (now Anglia Ruskin University) for two years before enlisting in the Royal Engineers in 1939. A prisoner of war from 1942-1945 in Singapore and Thailand, he cartooned during his internment. Searle’s best-known comics series consisted of six books published between 1948-1959, featuring juvenile delinquent schoolgirls at the fictional school St. Trinian’s. (These have been adapted into films as recently as 2011.) Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004, he was also decorated with France’s highest honor for an artist, the French Order of the Legion of Honor, won the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award, and received the German Order of Merit.