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Ralph Steadman: A Life In Ink

Ralph Steadman: A Life In Ink

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Ralph Steadman: A Life in Ink
BY Ralph Steadman

Ralph Steadman: A Life in Ink is the definitive career retrospective of this revered and provocative UK artist. Renowned for his collaborations with iconic American writer Hunter S. Thompson, he formed an unlikely duo that created "Gonzo" journalism.

This lifelong collaboration included the now-legendary Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, originally published in Rolling Stone magazine, which has since become a cult classic.

  • Explores Steadman's signature ink-splattered style
  • Features a diverse body of work that includes satirical political illustrations
  • Includes art from award-winning children's books such as Alice in Wonderland

Ralph Steadman: A Life in Ink is a must-have celebration of the artist's important and influential career.

This comprehensive monograph on the life and work of Ralph Steadman collects work from his dozens of books from his 50-plus year career.

Satirist, artist, cartoonist, illustrator, writer–Steadman's prolific and influential career continues to resonate and inspire.

  • His work is synonymous with the counterculture of the 1970s.
  • The ultimate gift and coffee table book for fans of Gonzo journalism, Hunter S. Thompson, and political satire
  • Add it to the shelf with books like Ralph Steadman: Proud Too Be Weird by Ralph Steadman, The Curse of Lono by Hunter S. Thompson, and Gonzo: The Art by Ralph Steadman.
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 9 X 12 V
Publication Date: 11/17/2020
ISBN: 9781797203003


Ralph Steadman is a Welsh-born, UK-based artist who has been creating groundbreaking art for over 60 years. He has published many books and has been featured in numerous publications, such as Rolling StoneVanity FairThe Guardianthe New York Times, and many more.

"Best known for collaborating with the ‘gonzo’ writer Hunter S. Thompson in the 1960s and ‘70s, Ralph Steadman provided that era with a signature visual style: satirical, strung out, and suspicious of authority. A new book, Ralph Steadman: A Life in Ink, reveals the U.K.-based artist as more than just a counterculture documentarian. His sketches of London street life show a knack for capturing character in a few quick, precisely chosen pen strokes…. At 84 he still relishes turning his sharp pen on contemporary politicians."

—Smithsonian Magazine

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