Gerald Scarfe

Cartoonist + Illustrator + Animator

Gerald Anthony Scarfe, CBE, RDI, is an English cartoonist and illustrator. He has worked as editorial cartoonist for The Sunday Times and illustrator for The New Yorker. His other work includes graphics for rock group Pink Floyd, particularly on the The Wall album (1979), film (1982), and tour. Scarfe was the production designer on the Disney animated feature, Hercules (1997). He is married to Jane Asher, whom he met in 1971 and married in 1981.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Gerald Scarfe.


1936 Birth Born on June 1, 1936.


1960 24 Years Old Beginning in 1960, he produced illustrations for Punch, The Evening Standard and The Daily Sketch.
1964 28 Years Old The Sunday Times magazine assigned Scarfe to cover the 1964 US Presidential election. … Read More


1971 35 Years Old He is married to actress Jane Asher, whom he met in 1971. The couple wed in 1981 and have a daughter and two sons. … Read More


1977 41 Years Old Scarfe later produced a set of animated short clips used on the 1977 In The Flesh tour, including a full-length music video for the song Welcome to the Machine.
1979 43 Years Old Scarfe also drew the illustrations for their 1979 album The Wall and provided animation for the subsequent 1980-1981 concert tour in support of that album.
1982 46 Years Old In 1982, he worked on the film version of The Wall, although he and Roger Waters fell out with director Alan Parker during the latter stages of editing. … Read More


1997 61 Years Old Scarfe was approached to work on the 1997 Disney film Hercules by Ron Clements and John Musker, longtime fans who had risen to prominence within Disney following the success of The Little Mermaid. … Read More
1998 62 Years Old The Royal Mail used Scarfe's artwork for a set of five commemorative postage stamps, issued on 23 April 1998. … Read More
2002 66 Years Old He also produced all the costume and scenery designs for the 2002 Christopher Hampson production of The Nutcracker, for the English National Ballet.
2003 67 Years Old In 2003 Scarfe collaborated with the National Portrait Gallery and BBC Four to make caricatures of a number of famous Britons, to depict (along with guest commentary) their heroic and villainous attributes. … Read More
2009 73 Years Old In 2009, he also created a caricature of James May out of Lego which was shown in episode 5 of James May's Toy Stories. … Read More
2013 77 Years Old In its edition of 27 January 2013 (Britain's Holocaust Memorial Day), London's Sunday Times published a cartoon by Scarfe depicting Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paving a wall with the blood and bodies of Palestinians, captioned "Israeli elections—will cementing peace continue?" The cartoon's timing and content was criticised by groups including the European Jewish Congress and the Board of Deputies of British Jews, with accusations of antisemitism leveled against Scarfe. … Read More
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