Opening 3rd of June 2010
CHARLES PEATTIE studied painting at St Martin's School of Art. He worked as a portrait painter, freelance cartoonist and designer of greetings cards. In the 1980's he and Mark Warren produced the legendary 'Dick' cartoon in Melody Maker. They now collaborate on the 'Celeb' cartoon in Private Eye about wrinkly rock star Gary Bloke. Charles has also written TV sketches for Lenny Henry among others and is currently working on animation for iPhone Apps.
RUSSELL TAYLOR read Russian and Philosophy at Oxford University and, after failing to be recruited by the counter-intelligence services of either Cold War power, drifted into journalism. Russell has also written books on Russia and The Looniness of the Long Distance Runner about running the New York Marathon. Having realised a decade or so ago that he is too old to be a pop star he now writes film and TV music with his collaborator Steve Cooke. To date their films (largely miserable and depressing documentaries) have won seven Emmys and six BAFTAs.
Charles and Russell met at a Christmas party in 1986. Charles had a commission for a strip for the financial pages of the incipient London Daily News. The result was 'Alex'. They were awarded MBEs in 2002 for services to journalism.
Click here to visit the Alex Cartoon website