Past Exhibitions
Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective

Ralph Steadman on Tour

Originally Curated by Anita O'Brien and Chris Miles, the Ralph Steadman Retrospective offer phenomenal insights into the genius of one of the worlds most acclaimed artists. This exhibition takes the viewer on a journey through Steadman's prolific career of more than 60 years. Starting with drawing he created as a student, to his first published cartoon through to new and current artworks, the viewer will experience key artworks in his career.

Ralph Steadman's art continues to influence artists and fascinate people around the world. His career spans 60 years, starting in the 1950's working as a political cartoonist for publications like the Manchester Evening Chronicle, the Aberdeen Press and Journal and then in the 1960's at Private Eye and Punch Magazines.

In 1970 he met Hunter S. Thompson and created the iconic artwork for the an article for Scanlans's Magazine about the Kentucky Derby and Gonzo Journalism was born. He has illustrated classics like Alice in Wonderland and Treasure Island, written and illustrated books such as I Leonardo and The Big I Am. His unique and Savage style are still sought after today, from the makers of Breaking Bad to the poster artwork for Louis Theroux's, My Scientology Movie and his own books and projects.

The exhibition will amaze and inspire both the uninitiated and the die-hard fans. As Hunter advised, "Buy the ticket, take the ride".

Audible have created an immersive and engrossing app to accompany the retrospective featuring the voices of Ralph himself, Tim Robbins and Anita O'Brien. Search "Ralph Steadman Audio Guide" in the App Store to download the free guide.


Self-portrait of Ralph Steadman

Self Portrait

Katzen Arts Center, Washington DC. Photo by Emily Gude

A portrait of Ralph Steadman by Rikard Osterlund, drawing in his studio in Kent


University of Kentucky Art Museum
16th Feb - 5th May, 2019

Kansas City Public Library
1st June  - 8th September 2019

Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum
5th October 2019 - 20th January 2020



Society of Illustrators, New York - 6th September
6th November 2016

Katzen Arts Center, Washington DC
16th June - 12th August, 2018

Haight Street Art Center, San Francisco
6th November 2018 - 20th January, 2019

University of Kentucky Art Museum
16th Feb - 5th May, 2019


Installation shot, retrospective, Haight Street Art Center

Haight Street Art Center, San Francisco, photo by Andrea Harris

Installation shot, University of Kentucky Art Museum

University of Kentucky Art Museum, photo by Sadie Williams

Society of Illustrators. Photo by Henry Steadman

The Society of Illustrators, New York. Photo by Henry Steadman