Riddell, Chris

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Birth 1962
English

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Educated at Archbishop Tenison's School, London and Epsom School of Art and Design. He studied illustration at Brighton Polytechnic Art School where he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree.

Riddell became editorial cartoonist on the Economist in 1988 and joined the Independent and Independent on Sunday in 1991. He also drew political cartoons for the Sunday Correspondent, 1989-1990. In 1995 he moved to the Observer as its political cartoonist.

Chris Riddell's work in all fields combines outstanding draughtsmanship with bold composition and great imagination. His style was once memorably described as being 'Like Heath Robinson with a few drinks inside him'. In his political cartoons, Riddell works in the great Punch symbolist tradition. Large animals, bloated businessmen, Grim Reapers, and huge bulbous figures that dominate the frame are all Riddell's trademarks.

From the guide to the Cartoons by Chris Riddell, 1996-2007, (Guardian News & Media Archive)

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