BARRY FANTONI (Born 1940)

Barry Fantoni

Barry Ernest Fantoni (born 1940)


As an artist, caricaturist and cartoonist, Barry Fantoni’s influence on the artistic landscape of the 1960s prompted the
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Barry Fantoni
Barry Ernest Fantoni (born 1940)

As an artist, caricaturist and cartoonist, Barry Fantoni’s influence on the artistic landscape of the 1960s prompted the
Daily Mirror to write of him in 1967: ‘Barry doesn’t so much know what is in – he decides it.’

The son of an Italian-born professional painter, Barry Fantoni was born in London on 28 February 1940. Educated at Archbishop Temple’s School, he enrolled at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts in 1954, a month shy of his fifteenth birthday. Despite his expulsion from Camberwell in 1958, he was able to enrol at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art, where he helped to develop the Pop Art movement alongside such contemporaries as David Hockney and Peter Blake. In 1962, Fantoni wrote scripts for the BBC programme,
That Was The Week That Was, and in 1966, presented A Whole Scene Going On, a BBC series that drew 16 million viewers and saw him voted TV Personality of the Year. In 1963, he had his first cartoon published in Private Eye. He would later join the magazine’s editorial staff and, before his retirement in 2010, had featured in all but 31 of its 1,278 issues. In addition to his cartoons, he was also known as the writer of the regular ‘EJ Thribb’ column and as co-creator of Private Eye’s royal correspondent, Sylvie Krin. He has also drawn for The Listener and Radio Times. He was editor of St Martin’s Review from 1969 to 1974, art critic for The Times between 1973 and 1977 and diary cartoonist for the same newspaper from 1983 to 1991. Also known as a novelist and playwright, he had his first play, Modigliani, My Love open in Paris in 1999. In 2013, his play Picasso is Coming … Ce Soir opened in London. His detective novel Harry Lipkin, Private Eye, was published in 2012. Since retirement from Private Eye, Barry has lived in Calais, France. In between periods of writing, he is currently 'making buses and cars out of old shoe boxes and making toy dolls do shocking things to each other – at least shocking to the dolls'.

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SOMEONE CALLED HOWE. WANTS TO KNOW IF WE HAVE A BRANCH IN SOUTH AFRICA? by BARRY FANTONI

SOMEONE CALLED HOWE. WANTS TO KNOW IF WE HAVE A BRANCH IN SOUTH AFRICA?

WITH THE DRY SPELL, THERE'S PROBABLY NONE LEFT by BARRY FANTONI

WITH THE DRY SPELL, THERE'S PROBABLY NONE LEFT

I HEAR SOUTH AFRICA ARE CONSIDERING SANCTIONS by BARRY FANTONI

I HEAR SOUTH AFRICA ARE CONSIDERING SANCTIONS

HE'S OPENING IN JUDGE'S CHAMBERS AND HOPES TO TRANSFER TO THE HIGH COURT by BARRY FANTONI

HE'S OPENING IN JUDGE'S CHAMBERS AND HOPES TO TRANSFER TO THE HIGH COURT

THEY KEEP COMING OFF... by BARRY FANTONI

THEY KEEP COMING OFF...

DO YOU MIND KEEPING QUIET, I WANT TO HEAR THE VIEWS OF THE MAN-IN-THE-STREET by BARRY FANTONI

DO YOU MIND KEEPING QUIET, I WANT TO HEAR THE VIEWS OF THE MAN-IN-THE-STREET

JUST A TENNER TILL THE WEEKEND, OLD BOY - CHAP IN MOSCOW'S SENDING ME A CHEQUE by BARRY FANTONI

JUST A TENNER TILL THE WEEKEND, OLD BOY - CHAP IN MOSCOW'S SENDING ME A CHEQUE

RIGHT ROYAL MUGS, FLAGS, LEAKS TO THE SUNDAY TIMES by BARRY FANTONI

RIGHT ROYAL MUGS, FLAGS, LEAKS TO THE SUNDAY TIMES

SHE'S LOSING HER GRIP. THE TIME TO HAVE PUBLISHED IT WAS WEDNESDAY MORNING by BARRY FANTONI

SHE'S LOSING HER GRIP. THE TIME TO HAVE PUBLISHED IT WAS WEDNESDAY MORNING

AND ITS GREAT BRITAIN: FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH, FIFTH... by BARRY FANTONI

AND ITS GREAT BRITAIN: FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH, FIFTH...

JUST THINK, BUY A PUPPY, YOU'LL BE 37P BETTER OFF by BARRY FANTONI

JUST THINK, BUY A PUPPY, YOU'LL BE 37P BETTER OFF

AFTER SPENDING SO MUCH TIME IN THE FIELDS, I'D HAVE THOUGHT YOU COULD TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PICT AND CONSTABLE BOOKER by BARRY FANTONI

AFTER SPENDING SO MUCH TIME IN THE FIELDS, I'D HAVE THOUGHT YOU COULD TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PICT AND CONSTABLE BOOKER

FORGET DR DEATH. IT'S THAT NORMAN FOWLER THAT I'M WORRIED ABOUT by BARRY FANTONI

FORGET DR DEATH. IT'S THAT NORMAN FOWLER THAT I'M WORRIED ABOUT

I'M FARMING MIXED LIVESTOCK - JERSEYS, FRESLANDS, HIPPIES... by BARRY FANTONI

I'M FARMING MIXED LIVESTOCK - JERSEYS, FRESLANDS, HIPPIES...

I SUPPOSE THERE'S SOMETHING WE COULD DO WITH 20 MILLION SLIGHTLY USED T SHIRTS by BARRY FANTONI

I SUPPOSE THERE'S SOMETHING WE COULD DO WITH 20 MILLION SLIGHTLY USED T SHIRTS

I AGREE WE NEED PLAYER ENDORSEMENT. HOW ABOUT BRYAN ROBSON? by BARRY FANTONI

I AGREE WE NEED PLAYER ENDORSEMENT. HOW ABOUT BRYAN ROBSON?

I CAN'T CLAIM MUCH IN LIFE, BUT I'M ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE WHO HAVE HEARD JOHN CARLISLE SPEAK IN PUBLIC by BARRY FANTONI

I CAN'T CLAIM MUCH IN LIFE, BUT I'M ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE WHO HAVE HEARD JOHN CARLISLE SPEAK IN PUBLIC

I GOT LOST DRIVING AROUND SOUTH LONDON, BUT FORTUNATELY I BUMPED INTO FERGIE by BARRY FANTONI

I GOT LOST DRIVING AROUND SOUTH LONDON, BUT FORTUNATELY I BUMPED INTO FERGIE

SO MUCH FOR 'NO ELECTION TILL 1988'... by BARRY FANTONI

SO MUCH FOR 'NO ELECTION TILL 1988'...

WE'RE ALRIGHT. I'M EMPLOYED TO DISPOSSESS THE UNEMPLOYED OF THEIR HOMES by BARRY FANTONI

WE'RE ALRIGHT. I'M EMPLOYED TO DISPOSSESS THE UNEMPLOYED OF THEIR HOMES

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