|Born 1940, Port Elizabeth
Tony Grogan is very much a product of the Eastern Cape.. Went to school at Selborne College. Tony works mainly in line wash and water colour. And his drawings are known for their freshness, spontaneity and vigour. He has a keen interest in local history and conservation and has devoted much tie to capturing the older parts of Cape Town and its surrounds to older parts of the city which are being demolished or gentrified.
Grogan taught art at high schools in the Eastern Cape for eight years during which time he honed his talent as a cartoonist, contributing to the Eastern Province Herald and Daily Dispatch then under the editorship of Donald Woods. In 1974i his long-standing ambition to become a cartoonist was realized when he was appointed to succeed the much-revered David Marais as editorial cartoonist on the Cape Timrs..
Tony also served as corresponding cartoonist for long periods for the Sunday Times and Sunday Independent and his cartoons were published internationally.
Tony’s professional career was mainly editorial cartoonist ,, but he is also a qualified artist , specializing in drawing and line and wash water colour. . Seven books of his travels in and around South Africa, including ‘ Cape Town ,’Vanishing Villages ‘, Settler Country’ and ‘A Cape Town Sketch Book’. He has a keen interest in local history and conservation and he has concentrated much of his attention capturing the character of the older parts of Cape Town and surrounding villages which have been demolished or gentrified. . He is also an illustrator of note , having illustrated many children’s books , humorous books of a more serious tone. His illustrations for Lyn Hall’s short story and cookery book to the Cookery Book festival in Barcelona , ‘Fig jam and Foxtrot’ was awarded the gold prize for best illustration (sic) cookbook in the world.
As a political cartoonist one of Tony’s specialities is caricature, drawing out the essential character of the subject by simplification and exaggeration. He prefers to draw from life and most of his caricatures are not done at sittings but at events such as at the Cape Town Press Club lunches and the Owl Club where guest speakers are drawn at speed without knowing they are being drawn while making their presentations. Tony has been a member of the Press Club since its establishment in 1976 . Early in his membership it became a custom to present the guest speaker with a hastily framed ,freshly drawn caricature . This tradition has continued to this day. He made it his practice to do a second drawing , which he asked the celebrity to sign and in this way has gathered and archival collection of drawings of distinguished people who have lived and worked in Cape Town or visited the city in the past forty five years and includes prime ministers, famous sportsmen , writers, explorers, artists ad other distinguished persons who have visited our shores over the years.
The originals of most of Tony Grogan’s cartoons were donated to UICT’s Jagger library , a collection of some 8000 cartoons, so it came as a shock when he heard of the conflagration which destroyed the library with its priceless and irreplaceable documents, papers and memorabilia in 2001. Much to his relief he was later reassured that the collection had been moved to a part of the building untouched by the fire.
Besides his work as cartoonist , Tony is a qualified artist and illustrator and has illustrated many books, and magazines. These include children’ stories , humorous books and also books of more serious content. His illustrations for Lyn Bedford Hall’s story-cookbook ,”Fig Jam and Foxtrot’ was the winner in the category of best illustration book at the 2003 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Barcelona in 2003.
Artist: TONY GROGAN
A painter and graphic artist of landscapes, genre and portraits. Works in oil, watercolour, ink, wash, pencil and in various graphic media.
1958-60, Rhodes University, under Professor Cecil .Todd (qv)
1963, East London Technical College, under Jack Lugg (qv)
1968-70, Port Elizabeth Technical college, under Alexander Podlashuc (qv); 1970-1973 University of South Africa.
1970-73, a member of the EPSFA
1963-65, an art teacher at Selbourne High School, East London
1968-72, an art teacher at the Commercial High School, Port Elizabeth
1973, at the Belgravia Art Centre, East London. He has illustrated numerous books and articles of a humorous nature.
1974, he has been the staff cartoonist The Cape Times.
1964-65, lived in East London.
1967-73, in Port Elizabeth, thereafter in Cape Town. Travelled widely in SA London and SWA/Namibia.
Exhibitions, He has participated in group exhibitions from 1968 in SA.
1970 Port Elizabeth, first of seven solo exhibitions held in SA.
Publications by Grogan The author of eleven books, including A South African Sketchbook.
1984, Don Nelson, Cape Town; Vanishing Cape Town, 1985, Don Nelson, Cape Town.
- Everard Read ( The Dictionary of South Acrican Painters and Sculptors)
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