ON THE EDGE

THE CARTOON WORLD OF ED MCLACHLAN

Chris Beetles Gallery is delighted to present On the Edge: The Cartoon World of Ed McLachlan. A selling exhibition of over 200 cartoons by one of Britain's finest cartoonists.

A master of the unexpected, Ed McLachlan provokes laughter by introducing extreme or shocking events into familiar settings and scenarios, and by combining the unlikeliest of elements. His characters are often unaware that violence, even death, awaits them around the next corner in the blackest of comedy situations. So striking, so clear are his drawings that their humour can be conveyed through the image alone, or with the most concise of captions. And so inventive are his ideas that he never fails to entertain, as is evidenced by the contents of this major retrospective spanning 20 years of achievement.
 
Born in Leicestershire in 1940, Ed McLachlan studied at Leicester College of Art, and began to contribute regularly to Punch from 1961, and to Private Eye from 1967. His series of political cartoons, entitled ‘McLachlan's Views', ran in the Sunday Mirror between 1966 and 1970, and he then became political cartoonist for the Evening Standard. Since the early 1970s, his cartoons have appeared in many publications, including the Daily Mirror, the Sunday Telegraph, the Mail on Sunday, The Oldie, The Spectator, New Statesman and Playboy. Also working as an illustrator, he has produced the ‘Simon' series of four children's books, which began in 1969 and was later animated for television. Widely regarded as one of the greatest living cartoonists, he has received a number of awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cartoon Art Trust in 2011.

IKEA ARK INSTRUCTIONS by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

IKEA ARK INSTRUCTIONS

IT'S NOT THE STAR OF WONDER ... IT'S A US MILITARY DRONE! by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

IT'S NOT THE STAR OF WONDER ... IT'S A US MILITARY DRONE!

ANOTHER GREAT THING ABOUT CRUISING THE FJORDS, YOU'RE NOT LIKELY TO MEET SOMALI PIRATES by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

ANOTHER GREAT THING ABOUT CRUISING THE FJORDS, YOU'RE NOT LIKELY TO MEET SOMALI PIRATES

PEACE, PERFECT PEACE by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

PEACE, PERFECT PEACE

FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, HURRY UP! by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, HURRY UP!

VAN GOGH ON LOCATION by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

VAN GOGH ON LOCATION

ADORATION OF THE MAY by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

ADORATION OF THE MAY

BLACKBELT MORRISMEN  by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

BLACKBELT MORRISMEN

WELL, I THINK USING DRONES TO CATCH SHOPLIFTERS IS A LITTLE BIT DRASTIC, MR BULSTRODE by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

WELL, I THINK USING DRONES TO CATCH SHOPLIFTERS IS A LITTLE BIT DRASTIC, MR BULSTRODE

I KNEW THIS FRACKING WOULD CAUSE PROBLEMS by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

I KNEW THIS FRACKING WOULD CAUSE PROBLEMS

THE MODS AND ROCKERS ARE NOT WHAT THEY WERE by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

THE MODS AND ROCKERS ARE NOT WHAT THEY WERE

THE SHEEP'S REVENGE by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

THE SHEEP'S REVENGE

MEN! by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

MEN!

SANTA MEETS KING KONG by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

SANTA MEETS KING KONG

ILLEGAL ALIENS by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

ILLEGAL ALIENS

COME FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW, THE MERRY, MERRY TWEETS OF PAN by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

COME FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW, THE MERRY, MERRY TWEETS OF PAN

WE'LL WIN TONIGHT by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

WE'LL WIN TONIGHT

HOW'S MY DRIVING? by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

HOW'S MY DRIVING?

ONE DAY, MY SON, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO WALK TO AMERICA by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

ONE DAY, MY SON, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO WALK TO AMERICA

JACKSON POLLOCK'S LATEST MASTERPIECE WAS RUINED! by EDWARD MCLACHLAN

JACKSON POLLOCK'S LATEST MASTERPIECE WAS RUINED!

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