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Barry Fantoni (born 1940)


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.

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