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Celebrated satirical cartoonist and illustrator, Gerald Scarfe CBE, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Lincoln.

A celebrated satirical cartoonist and illustrator, Gerald Scarfe, is widely considered to be one of the most influential journalists in Great Britain.

Pictured in his cap and gown outside Lincoln Cathedral, satirical cartoonist and illustrator Gerald Scarfe has collected an honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Lincoln, UK.

His career has spanned illustration, film, theatre and radio. Known forScarfe on Friday in the London Evening Standard, he also worked as the political cartoonist for the Sunday Times for 50 years as and the New York Times for 20 years alongside a prolific career in the film and theatre industries.

Upon receiving his doctorate, Gerald commented: “The advice once give always is hard work; you have to keep at it all the time. If they have any artistic ability they need to keep at it because it’s the most wonderful life to create these little figures which appear on screen – I can recommend it. I’m very honoured to receive this award here in this wonderful city of Lincoln, it’s a beautiful city and it’s a beautiful cathedral, I think the third best cathedral in Britain, I read. It’s such a great privilege for someone who in my case was uneducated; I had a very sickly childhood without much education, I didn’t go to university, didn’t go any further in education, so this is a great honour – this is the fast route I’m on.”

Born in London, Gerald spent a brief period at the Royal College of Art, before establishing himself as a satirical cartoonist in the 1960s, working for Punch magazine and Private Eye. He worked as the political cartoonist for the Sunday Times for 50 years as well as working for the New York Times for 20 years.

His Scarfe on Friday drawing still appears weekly in the London Evening Standard. As well as his illustrative work, Gerald designed and directed the animation for Pink Floyd’s iconic film The Wall as well as taking the role of production designer on Walt Disney’s animated feature film Hercules.

Gerald has also been active in the theatre, designing the sets for Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, and the costumes for English National Opera’s 1968 production of Orpheus in the Underworld. In 2002 he worked with the English National Ballet, designing set and costumes for The Nutcracker. Gerald also designed the sets and costumes for opera The Magic Flute, which has been performed in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Global exhibitions of Gerald’s work have included New York, Osaka, Montreal, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, Hanover and London.

Gerald Scarfe was made a CBE in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours. He has been a member of the Royal Designers for Industry since 1989 and regularly gives illustrated talks about his life and work in the UK and around the world.

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