Back in the 1990s, Ralph Steadman was travelling the vineyards of the world for Oddbins, the wine merchants, in order to create artwork for their quarterly catalogues. One of their more unusual requests for Ralph was to create a 44ft mural that they could display in their flagship shop in London. So, one summer Ralph gamely stood eleven sheets of 8×4 MDF around his garage and set sail on this creative adventure. He began by sticking huge, random shapes of old canvas sheeting he had found across the expanse and, once dry, drew out the outlines of the forms in black paint. What would emerge, two weeks later, was an astonishing piece featuring abstractions reminiscent of wine press, glass, grapes, and two giant feet of which the BFG would be proud. Ralph Steadman's profile continues to grow with a huge retrospective show currently touring the US.
Ralph Steadman is a prolific artist who in his 40 year career has produced thousands of groundbreaking and influential artworks.
Born in 1936, Ralph Steadman began his career as a cartoonist and through the years diversified into many fields of creativity. Artist, writer, sculptor, cartoonist and designer, he has illustrated such classics as Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island and Animal Farm. His books include the studies of Sigmund Freud and Leonardo da Vinci, while with Hunter S. Thompson he collaborated on the birth of GONZO journalism with his classic illustrations for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. goldmarkart.com
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