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Jonathan Cusick (born 1978)


Jonathan Kristofor Cusick (born 1978)

Over the last decade, Jonathan Cusick has gained a strong reputation for his work as an illustrator, and particularly his arresting caricatures, which seem to hold a comically distorting mirror up to personalities who are prominent in the contemporary worlds of politics and entertainment.

Jonathan Cusick was born in Liverpool on 6 July 1978, the son of a Plant Engineer and a Secretary, both of whom worked for Dunlop. He was educated at Thomas Barnes Primary School, Hopwas, and then at The Rawlett School, Tamworth (both in Staffordshire). He proved his artistic talent at a young age by being awarded a runners-up prize for a self-portrait that he submitted to a ‘Portland Bill’ TV Times drawing competition. Then, while a student of Illustration at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, he received three major prizes: the 1995 British Cartoonists’ Association and The Times Young Cartoonist of the Year (under 30) (being given the overall award despite his entry in the under 18 category); a 1998 British Design and Art Direction (D&AD) Student Award (Illustration); and the 1999 Association of Illustrators Student Award. He graduated with a first in BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Illustration) in the latter year.

From that time, Cusick has produced illustrations for many prominent periodicals, including the
Daily Mirror, the Guardian, The Times, the Independent on Sunday, Express Newspapers, Asda Magazine, BBC Music Magazine, Men’s Health, New Statesman, Sainsbury’s Magazine, The Spectator, and extensive work for Radio Times (over 60 issues to date).

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