One of SA’s best exhibits his cartoons

2008-07-22 00:00

OVER the past 18 years, the Stidy cartoon on The Witness leader page has been the first thing many readers turn to when they get their paper. Anthony “Stidy” Stidolph has been hailed as one of South Africa’s sharpest and funniest cartoonists, a witty commentator on the situations South Africa, its people and its neighbours find themselves in.

From Thursday until July 31 (closed on July 28), there will be an exhibition of Stidy’s cartoons in the Victoria Hall at Maritzburg College. Most of the work on display formed part of the successful exhibition he held with his two sisters, landscape artists Sally Scott and Nicky Rosselli, at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Titled Views on a Landscape, the exhibition served as a “teaser” for what the three siblings are planning to be a much larger exhibition at the 2010 festival.

Being clever and funny every day, week in and week out, is no easy job, but Stidy says he still enjoys it — “most of the time”. Besides The Witness, he reads three or four papers each day, listens to the radio and watches television. Commenting on the news means you have to know exactly what it is, and be alert to the nuances and contradictions.

The exhibition will be opened by Witness editor John Conyngham at 6 pm on Thursday and will run daily from 10 am until 4 pm. A limited number of prints will be on sale at R100 each, as well as signed copies of his collections, Riding the Rainbow and Over the Rainbow.

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