26th Mar, 2024 14:00

Modern British & Irish Art

Lot 90 §


Pink Floyd and Marching Hammers
signed 'Gerald Scarfe' (lower right)
oil on canvas
91 x 120 cm. (35 3/4 x 47 1/2 in.)

The artist, 31 October 2018, from whom commissioned by the present owner

Gerald Scarfe is a British artist and political cartoonist is best known for his work with the iconic rock band Pink Floyd. Born on June 1, 1936, in London, Scarfe gained prominence for his distinctive and often satirical artistic style. He became associated with Pink Floyd during the making of their 1977 album "Animals."

Scarfe's collaboration with Pink Floyd extended beyond album artwork to include the creation of animations for their live shows. One of his most notable contributions is the animation sequences in the film adaptation of Pink Floyd's album "The Wall," released in 1982. Scarfe's animations, which blend his surreal and often dark imagery with the band's music, played a significant role in the visual representation of Pink Floyd's concept albums.

His work with Pink Floyd also includes the cover art for "The Wall" album, featuring his distinctive illustrations and the iconic "marching hammers" imagery. Scarfe's art reflects the themes of alienation, war, and authoritarianism explored in Pink Floyd's music.

In addition to his collaboration with Pink Floyd, Gerald Scarfe has had a successful career as a political cartoonist for various publications, including The Sunday Times. His work often critiques political figures and societal issues with a sharp and satirical edge.

Overall, Gerald Scarfe's artistic contributions have left an indelible mark on the visual representation of Pink Floyd's music, making him an integral part of the band's history.

Estimated at £15,000 - £25,000


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