World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Ralph Steadman

Article Id: WHEBN0000761212
Reproduction Date:

Title: Ralph Steadman  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Hunter S. Thompson, The Curse of Lono, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, Ambit (magazine)
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Ralph Steadman

Ralph Steadman
Ralph Steadman in 2006
Born Ralph Steadman
(1936-05-15) 15 May 1936
Wallasey, Merseyside, England
Known for Painting, drawing, caricatures, cartoons

Ralph Steadman (born 15 May 1936) is a British artist best known for his work with American author Hunter S. Thompson.[1]


  • Personal life 1
  • Career 2
    • Film documentary 2.1
  • Partial bibliography 3
    • Non-fiction 3.1
  • See Also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Personal life

Steadman was born in Wallasey, Cheshire, and brought up in Abergele, North Wales. From a lower middle class background, his father was a commercial traveller and his mother was a shop assistant. at T J Hughes in Liverpool.[2][3] Steadman attended East Ham Technical College and the London College of Printing during the 1960s, doing freelance work for Punch, Private Eye, the Daily Telegraph, The New York Times and Rolling Stone during this time. Steadman currently lives with his wife in Kent, England.


Steadman is renowned for his political and social caricatures, cartoons and picture books. Awards that he has won for his work include the Francis Williams Book Illustration Award for Alice in Wonderland, the American Society of Illustrators' Certificate of Merit, the W H Smith Illustration Award for I Leonardo, the Dutch Silver Paintbrush Award for Inspector Mouse, the Italian Critica in Erba Prize for That's My Dad, the BBC Design Award for postage stamps, the Black Humour Award in France, and several Designers and Art Directors Association Awards. He was voted Illustrator of the Year by the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1979.

Steadman's film poster for Where the Buffalo Roam.

Steadman had a long partnership with the American journalist Hunter S. Thompson, drawing pictures for several of his articles and books.[4][5] He accompanied Thompson to the Kentucky Derby for an article for the magazine Scanlan's, to the Honolulu Marathon for the magazine Running, and illustrated both Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. Much of Steadman's artwork revolves around Raoul Duke-style caricatures of Thompson: bucket hats, cigarette holder and aviator sunglasses.

Steadman appears on the second disc of The Criterion Collection Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas DVD set, in a documentary called Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision, which was made by the BBC in 1978, of Thompson planning the tower and cannon that his ashes were later blasted out of. The cannon was atop a 153-ft. tower of Thompson's fist gripping a peyote button; Thompson demands that Steadman gives the fist two thumbs, "Right now."

As well as writing and illustrating his own books and Thompson's, Steadman has worked with writers including Ted Hughes, Adrian Mitchell and Brian Patten, and also illustrated editions of Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, Animal Farm, the English translation of Flann O'Brien's Gaelic-language classic The Poor Mouth, and most recently, Fahrenheit 451.

Among the British public, Steadman is well known for his illustrations for the catalogues of the off-licence chain Oddbins and he designed a set of four British postage stamps to commemorate the appearance of Halley's Comet in 1985. He also designed the labels for Flying Dog beer and Cardinal "Spiced" Zin' wine, which was banned in Ohio for Steadman's "disturbing" interpretation of a Catholic cardinal on its label.

Steadman also illustrated Will Self's column in The Independent newspaper. Hal Willner and Johnny Depp's anthology of songs, Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys (2006) contains two contributions from Steadman; he sings lead on "Little Boy Billee", and sings backing vocals on Eliza Carthy's song "Rolling Sea".

He has also drawn covers for numerous music artists, including the Who, Frank Zappa and Ambrosia,[6] and the lead banner for the gonzo journalism website[7]

In 2011, Steadman began running prose and poetry in Kotori Magazine.[8]

He also contributed to the BirdLife International's Preventing Extinctions programme with an image of critically endangered northern bald ibis.[9]

Film documentary

A major documentary about Steadman's career, For No Good Reason, directed by Charlie Paul, played at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in the "Mavericks" programme.[10] The film, reportedly 15 years in the making, played in New York City and Los Angeles in December 2013, and was given US domestic release in spring 2014.[11] The film was in competition for the Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the 2012 BFI London Film Festival.[12]

Partial bibliography


  • Ralph Steadman, Between the Eyes (1984) (autobiographical reportage)

See Also


  1. ^ Dubner, Stephen J. Ralph Steadman Answers Your Questions Freakonomics Blog. 12 June 2008.
  2. ^ Taylor, Laurie (31 May 2007). "Laurie Taylor's interviews: Learning to fly: Laurie Taylor interviews Ralph Steadman". The Rationalist Association. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "In the spotlight: Ralph Steadman". North Wales Weekly News. 2 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Perry, Kevin (3 October 2006). "The Joke's Over"Ralph Steadman interview about . London:  
  5. ^ SUMMER MOVIES; On Filming a Gonzo Vision: A Gonzo Dialogue. The New York Times. 3 May 1998.
  6. ^ "The Album Art of Ralph Steadman". 1 May 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Steadman's Author page at Kotori
  9. ^ Ralph Steadman's view on Northern Bald Ibis
  10. ^ "For No Good Reason". Toronto International Film Festival. 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  11. ^ For No Good Reason" Trailer – New Documentary on Celebrated Illustrator/Cartoonist Ralph Steadman""". 16 December 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton to receive BFI Fellowship". BFI Press. 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Ralph Steadman at the Internet Movie Database
  • Biography at British Cartoon Archive
  • Brady, Roy (July 20, 2001). "Chateau Steadman". Saveur. Review of Steadman's catalogues for Oddbins 
  • Johnson, Craig (Sep 1, 2005). "Ralph Steadman: Gonzo: The Art". Spike magazine. 
  • "Ralph Steadman Art". Flying Dog Ales. Aug 18, 2007. 
    • at Flickr
  • Taylor, Laurie (May 31, 2007). "Laurie Taylor interviews Ralph Steadman". New Humanist. 
  • McGee, Jake (Nov 29, 2007). "Ralph Steadman : The Kotori Interview". Kotori Magazine. 
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.