Follow the extraordinary trajectory and fascinating turns of the career of Roger Law, one of the best known and most important caricaturists of the last 50 years.
Best known as co-creator of the satirical television show, Spitting Image, in the 1980s and 1990s, Roger Law began his career drawing illustrations for the Observer and Sunday Times. Latterly, he has reinvented himself as a leading ceramicist, often working out of China’s ‘Porcelain City’, Jingdezhen.
This exhibition follows his career through its distinct stages in a series of dedicated spaces. Starting with The Newspaper and Magazine Office, Law’s early work as a cartoonist and illustrator for the Sunday Times is presented. The Studio Workshop focuses on his collaboration with Peter Fluck, whom he met at the Cambridge School of Art, and the establishment of their partnership, Luck and Flaw. Some of their most famous puppets from Spitting Image, including Margaret Thatcher, are on display in The Caricature Factory, and this section also examines the rise and impact of the TV show that revolutionised political satire.
After 13 years working under pressure in the puppetry workshop, Law moved to Australia and rediscovered his love of nature and a new artistic career in ceramics. The final space, Jingdezhen, explores the fruits of this journey, the large porcelain vessels onto which he paints the creatures that captivate him – crabs, jelly fish, turtles and crayfish – and his close collaboration with the carver, Mr Wu Song Ming.