AOI is saddened to hear of the death of unique illustrator and AOI Patron, Ronald Searle, at the age of 91. Ronald was a truely amazing artist. He had seen a great deal and lived through many changes, and this gave him a unique way of visually interpreting our world. Superlative drawing coupled with strong ideas and powerful and often humourous assessments of the human character.
A family statement said: “Ronald William Fordham Searle, born 3 March 1920, passed away peacefully in his sleep with his children, Kate and John, and his grandson, Daniel, beside him on 30 December 2011 in Draguignan, France, after a short illness. He requested a private cremation with no fuss and no flowers.”
Amongst a huge body of work, Ronald drew critical political work for Le Monde newspaper, as well as the notorious St Trininanâ€™s characters, and he generously created this original artwork for the Pro-Action campaign which fights for visual artistsâ€™ rights. He will be much missed.
Derek’s account of meeting Ronald is here.
Ronald portrait by Andrea Liggins