Interview with Steve Bell

in European Comic Art
David Morgan Teacher, Oxford University, UK

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In this interview, the political cartoonist Steve Bell reflects on his past career and work, seeing it against the wider tradition of British political cartoons, and in relation to the work of other artists whom he admires. He answers questions as to the fundamental nature of visual satire and speculates as to its likely future in an age of media fragmentation, and ideological polarisation and intolerance. Although we now live in turbulent and divisive political times and in an era where it becomes ever harder for satirical artists to find outlets for their work, Bell is by no means pessimistic as he looks to the future. His view is very much that artistic quality and sharp observational wit will continue to find appreciative audiences, whatever the means or media their makers employ.

Contributor Notes

David Morgan teaches Art History and the History of Architecture for the Department of Continuing Education at Oxford University. He has previously taught for Birkbeck College, University of London and for the WEA. His research interests and publications have centred on the history of British visual satire, and on Lacanian psychoanalysis as applied to pre-modern art. E-mail:

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