Gallery Oldham’s latest exhibition celebrates the work of multi-award-winning cartoonist Tony Husband.
Tony has been a regular contributor to Private Eye for nearly four decades now, with a range of gag cartoons complementing his regular Yobs strip. He has been in every issue of Private Eye since 1985.
Stephen Fry said Tony is one of the greats and Griff Rhys Jones has commented that he ‘is even funnier than me’.
From the world of Oink comic to his recent work with the dementia community, including here in Oldham, Tony’s illustrations and world view have touched a great many lives.
The exhibition brings together a selection of Tony’s most popular and favourite cartoons. It also features a range of other work from his prolific output - giving a sense of the breadth of his work from over the years. Many of the works on display are also available to purchase.
Councillor Elaine Taylor, Deputy Leader of Oldham Council and Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “Tony is one of the most famous cartoonists in England so it’s a real coup to have his work displayed in Gallery Oldham.
“He has a huge portfolio and I think it’s fair to say most people will have seen and be familiar with his work even if you didn’t know Tony had drawn it.
“But it’s not just his artwork that makes Tony so popular, his support and championing of the dementia community has helped raise awareness.
“Our Gallery Oldham exhibition contains some of his best known cartoons so it’s well worth popping in and having a look.”
The exhibition launches with a special event on Saturday 4 February, 1-4pm.
Visitors can come along to meet Tony and see him in action as we celebrate the career of the nation’s hardest working cartoonist.
You can also join Tony for a guided tour of his exhibition and to hear some tales from his career on Wednesday 22 February.
The exhibition runs until 13 May.
For more information on Gallery Oldham visit https://galleryoldham.org.uk/
This has included the Springboard Dementia group in Oldham who Tony helped to create a banner that highlighted the support and care the group could offer to those in need.