Art of Kent Auction - Flipbook - Page 5
Critical Critters Pygmy Three-toed Sloth
Signed limited edition print
69cm x 56cm
Kent based artist Ralph Steadman began his career as a cartoonist, with his first
cartoon published in 1956. Frustrated by the limits of his skills he later enrolled
at the East Ham Technical College to learn the ‘discipline of drawing’. Finding
newspaper cartooning cramping for his style, in 1961 he enrolled at the London
College of Printing.
In the early 1960’s Ralph began to explore a new, more provocative style, drawing
on influences like George Grosz. It was during this period that he illustrated several
children’s books and in 1972 he won the Frances Williams Award for his illustrated Alice in Wonderland.
Following the publication of his humorous satire, Still Life with Raspberry, he travelled to America to cover
the Kentucky Derby for Scanlan’s Monthly where everything would change upon meeting Hunter S
Thompson. Together they would develop Gonzo Journalism and a lifelong collaboration began.
Most recently Ralph has illustrated three books about extinct and endangered birds and animals with coGonzovationist Ceri Lery: Extinct Boids (2012), Nextinction (2015) and Critical Critters (2017).Ralph has
very kindly donated a signed, limited edition print of the Pygmy Three-toed Sloth from the Critical Critters
collection to the Art of Kent auction.
The Steadman family would like to dedicate their donation to the memory of good friend Fiona Walls who
was cared for by Heart of Kent Hospice in her final days, forever thankful in the knowledge that it gave
her family great peace and comfort to see her looked after so well.