Ralph Steadman’s art on show at new gallery

Self portrait of cartoonist, artist and satirist Ralph Steadman
Self portrait of cartoonist, artist and satirist Ralph Steadman

One of Britain’s most important artists and cartoonists is staging a major retrospective exhibition at a new gallery in Halifax.

The inaugural show of the Artworks 1830 gallery, housed in Shaw Lodge Mills, will exhibit more than 100 pieces of Ralph Steadman’s work.

The exhibition will be open to the public from today and run until Sunday, December 8 (Wednesday to Saturday 10.30am to 4pm, Sundays 2pm to 5pm).

Steadman, now 77, is perhaps most famous for his long collaboration with the writer Hunter S Thompson, especially his illustrations for the book ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’.

He recently returned from trans-Atlantic travels with actor Johnny Depp, who starred in the film version of the book.

The exhibition ranges from Steadman’s earliest work in 1956, through material featured in magazines such as Rolling Stone, Private Eye, Punch and The New Statesman.

There will also be material from his illustrated books and a selection of scathing political cartoons as well as his joyful illustrations for children.

Artworks tutor and Huddersfield-based artist John Ross met Steadman at the Royal College of Art in the 1970s and they have been friends ever since.

As part of the exhibition programme the Artworks team will be hosting workshops for West Yorkshire schools and colleges.

John Ross said: “We are hoping that by visiting the exhibition and taking part in the workshops children and students will understand the massive importance of the lost art of drawing.”

The exhibition has been supported by Huddersfield sketchbook manufacturer Pink Pig.