A cartoon featuring a map showing the location of the Mondrian Museum. The map resembles a Mondrian painting.
This cartoon features in an exhibition in the Chris Beetles Gallery, London, (Summer 2016).
Cartoon showing a controversial depiction of gender differences in contemporary art
Depiction of gender in modern art.
Sculpture titled “Man and Woman” where the woman is a washing-up brush and the man is a hammer.
The cartoon is an illustration of the staereotypical male and female gender roles, where men perform hard physical tasks and women perform ‘soft’ domestic chores such as washing up.
Part of the joke is that the male and female roles depicted in the sculpture are extremely conservative, so this particular work of contemporary art is controversial because of its conservatism rather than (more usually with contemporary art) because of radicalism.
Of course the art work may be a piece of feminist art which is ironically pointing out and questioning the standard gender roles in society.
The sculpture depicted owes something to Marcel Duchamp, Dada and the use of ‘ready-mades’ in works of art.
Cartoon – climate change refugees.
The cartoon shows the possible increase in mass migration that may be caused by global warming and climate change.
The cartoon compares the current (2015) crisis of mass migration to Europe caused by political instability in the middle east with the possible crisis of mass migration that may occur due to climate change.
A cartoon about mass migration, climate change refugees, impact of global warming.
A climate change cartoon about the need to reach low carbon emissions targets.
The cartoon shows the fact that if we don’t take measures to reduce our carbon emissions we will reach a state in which the emissions will drop anyway.
A cartoon about climate change, zero carbon emissions, carbon footprints, global warming.
A cartoon showing a man with an “End is Nigh” placard.
A passing woman is saying “There was a time when I’d have dismissed him as a crank”.
A cartoon about the current feeling of pessimism about the state of the world and about its future.
This could refer to climate change, global warming, or the election of Donald Trump as president of the USA!
A cartoon about the tendency for people to record incidents raher than to intervene in them.
A cartoon showing people who are dismayed by the fact that there’s a man drowning in front of them, but that they haven’t got their phones with them with which to record the event.
A cartoon about a dark side to “citizen journalism”.
Adult colouring book cartoon – the Henry Ford Colouring Book.
A cartoon showing an adult colouring book called Th Henry Ford Colouring Book.
There is a set of crayons or coloured pencils with the book. All of the colours are black.
A cartoon about the publishing phenomenon of colouring books aimed at the adult market.
The adult colouring book craze – the infantilization of popular culture.
A cartoon showing someone reading an academic book about the fashion for adult colouring books. The academic publication is itself a colouring book.
A cartoon about the publishing phenomenon of colouring books for adults.
“No platforming” – the movement to deny a debating voice to speakers who’s views may be offensive to some of the audience.
This cartoon is about the phenomenon of denying a platform in debates for speakers who’s views may be found offensive by some of the audience.
The phenomenon is particularly prevalent in universities.
“No platforming” can be seen as a form of censorship masquerading as a virtue. It is built on the premise that people have the right not to be offended.
This may be a worthy aim, but it’s very much open to abuse, as the ‘right not to be offended’ can easily become a means of stifling debate.
Apart from anything else, the airing of controversial views are crucial to the health of democracy.
Flooding caused by climate change
This cartoon was inspired by the “once every hundred years” floods that occurred in Cumbria in the UK twice in six years.
A cartoon about floods, flooding, extreme weather, climate change, global worming, the environment.
Facts of life cartoon: babies grow like 3D printing
This cartoon, of a pregnant mother explaining the facts of life to her young child, illustrates the use of metaphors for contemporary technological processes. The idea is that young children are more likely to understand modern metaphors than older ones.
A cartoon about the facts of life, where babies come from, the birds and the bees, 3D printing technology.
Cartoon about the media’s distortion of the visual impact of a super moon
Super moons were unheard of in the media until the last few years. Now every time the moon gets close to the earth in its orbit the press is full of it, with misleading photographs to make the moon look huge and spectacular (taken with telephoto lenses so that the moon looks large compared to objects such as people or buildings in the distance).
Cartoon about disposing of obsolete computers by sending them to developing countries.
Computers and electronic equipment shipped to India for disposal.
A cartoon about infantilisation in modern society.
An animal hat worn by an adult.
A cartoon showing an adult wearing a hat with an animal face on it. These hats are currently very popular for small children. There is a tendency for these animal hats to be adopted by young (and not so young) adults, usually female.
The person is reading a sociology book that is a critique of the trend towards the infantilisation of culture.
Sustainable energy and transport.
A wind powered car with a wind turbine on its roof.
A cartoon about the environment, sustainability, transport, alternative energy.
An optimist who insists on looking on the bright side of everything can be very irritating.
A woman driven to murdering her husband because he is unrelentingly optimistic all of the time.
A cartoon about optimism, personality traits, positivity, looking on the bright side.
Men admiring a workshop gadget and wondering what it does
A cartoon about some men’s obsession with gadgets.
A chessboard on which the chess pieces are not only black and white but are also shades of grey.
The idea of the cartoon is that conflict occurs when things are seen in black and white or when people are polarised in outlook. With shades of gray or nuances of opinion conflict is less likely – specifically as on the chessboard in the illustration.
The cartoon is a comment on the fact that people tend to analyse things in black and white, as “either/or” or in binary.
A cartoon showing an astronomer reaching for the stars by reaching up inside an astronomical telescope.
The astronomer’s hand is appearing out or the top of the telescope as though it is grasping for the stars.
An illustration concerning people’s urge to discover more about the universe through scientific exploration.
A cartoon about scientific exploration, inquiring minds, curiosity, curiousity, reaching for the stats.
A joke showing people being deceived by a special offer in a shop.
The customers see a sign with the special offer of “Two for the price of Three’ and they automatically think that this is a good deal due to the way that the offer is framed (interpreting it in the same way as “Two for the price of three”).
A cartoon about marketing, persuasion, selling, manipulation, misleading offers.
Cartoon of a young man waiting for his mother at an airport arrivals gate.
He is holding a notice saying “Mum”.
A cartoon about relationships between parents and their children.
Cartoon of an elderly man commenting that a celebrity is looking old.
The man is remembering what the celebrity looked like when the man himself was younger, and is forgetting that he is the same age as the celebrity.
The celebrity in the cartoon is Harrison Ford.
A cartoon about aging, denial, youth.
Macabre snowman cartoon
A snowman melting – revealing that inside the snowman’s head there is a human skull.
A macabre Christmas cartoon