Gerald Scarfe

Gerald Anthony Scarfe, CBE (born 1 June 1936 in St John’s Wood, London) is an English cartoonist and illustrator. He is best known for his work with Pink Floyd, particularly on their 1979 album ‘The Wall’, its 1982 film adaption, ‘Pink Floyd The Wall’ (1982), and tour (1980–81), as well as the music video for “Welcome to the Machine”. He’s also known by the title sequence of TV series ‘Yes, minister’ (1980–1984) and ‘Yes, prime minister’ (1986–1987) and as an editorial cartoonist for ‘The Sunday Times’ and an illustrator for ‘The New Yorker’. Scarfe was the production designer on the Disney animated feature Hercules (1997).

Scarfe has designed sets for a number of operatic productions, including an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’. Following a chance meeting at a BBC prom he worked with Peter Hall on his version of ‘Mozart’s The Magic Flute’, which drew critical acclaim. He is lined up to provide animation for Jim Steinman’s ‘Bat Out of Hell’, a stage show featuring Steinman’s music. Scarfe designed the sets and costumes for the English National Opera’s 1988 production of ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’; among the costumes Scarfe designed were those of the characters Orpheus, Eurydice, and the Gods of Mount Olympus. He also produced all the costume and scenery designs for the 2002 Christopher Hampson production of ‘The Nutcracker’, for the English National Ballet.

From his long relationship to Maureen Kerr (from ca. 1959 to ca. 1969) he had one son, Rupert Alexander (b. December 9th 1966, d. February 5th 2015). His first wife was children’s writer Marcia Williams (b. August 8th, 1945) (from ca. 1969 to ca. 1971) and they had one daughter, Araminta. His second and current wife is actress Jane Asher (b. April 5th, 1946). They met in 1971, and they married ten years later. They have three children, daughter actress Katie Scarfe (born April 17, 1974), and sons Alex Scarfe (born December 1981) and Rory (born 1984).

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