This weekend I visited the Roger Law exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre, primarily to see the Spitting Image puppets up close and learn some more about his work.
The exhibition is up overlooking the café on the mezzanine floor, not the biggest of spaces, but more than enough to show his great range of work. I for one did not know he was from these parts, he was born in Ely in 1941 and then studied at Cambridge School of Art. After contributing as a cartoonist to the Observer and the Times in the 60s he went on to famously co-found Spitting Image in the 80s alongside Peter Fluck and Martin Lambie-Nairn. Having a lifelong passion for 18th and 19th century satirical illustration this resonates in his work.
What I didn't know was that in the run up to Spitting Image he worked with Peter Fluck under the name Luck and Flaw and produced some amazing puppets which were then photographed for features in magazines and press. The sheer amount of work involved sounded incredible, taking months of work in some cases. During this time he also produced caricature ceramics.
After Spitting Image finished in 1996 he moved to Australia, and was very influenced by nature and the various wildlife that he found himself surrounded by. These drawings then became the subject for his next move into ceramics, which there are some fantastic examples of at this exhibition. (You will have to see for yourself as I didn't take any photos of them!).
What underpins all of his work is drawing, which is more than evident when you view a wall of drawn caricatures of most of the famous faces of the 70s-80s. Some of my favourites are below...
I will finish on a quote from the introduction text to the exhibition. Really great work, go visit!