Ralph Steadman a celebration

About This Project

During our celebrations to mark the 90th birthday of the gallery, the Williamson hosts an exhibition of Ralph Steadman’s illustrations and paintings.

Urang by Ralph Steadman courtesy of Bloomsbury

Urang by Ralph Steadman
courtesy of Bloomsbury

On a chance meeting many years ago, the Principal Museums Officer, Colin Simpson was offered the opportunity to exhibit a 44 feet long by 8 feet wide painting by the Wallasey born artist, Ralph Steadman.

Now in our special year, we are finally able to showcase this immense painting alongside recent limited edition giclee prints* from his latest publication Critical Critters, tying in brilliantly with our own exhibition ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS and artworks from his own archive.

Steadman became widely known when he illustrated the American writer, Hunter S. Thompson’s novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas which was described as the “best book on the dope decade” by the New York Times Book Review. Ralph went on to be commissioned to provide artwork for publications including collections of poetry by Ted Hughes, Alice in Wonderland and George Orwell’s Animal Farm (the illustrations of which were shown at the Williamson Art Gallery in the early 90s). In the UK, he is perhaps best known for his iconic branding for wine retailers, Oddbins. The enormous painting on show at the Williamson, was originally commissioned for the Oddbins Headquarters. This work has never previously been shown publicly. Many of the limited edition giclee prints will be available to purchase.

Please note that the galleries are open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm, but staff shortages may necessitate early closure of some rooms at the end of the day.

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*The illustrations are kindly on loan from Goldmark Gallery.

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