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Gus Ferguson

Gus Ferguson

Gus was born in Scotland in 1940 and came to South Africa accompanied by his parents in December 1849. (Typo! Typo! That should read 1949).  

His cartooning grew from a childhood habit of obsessive doodling. His work is whimsical, literate and verbal. Due to his severe and liberating limitations as an artist he sticks to single panel jokes - rather than reveal his inability to (like Heraclitus) draw the same figure twice. He has had cartoons published in all sorts of magazines: New Nation, Nose,  Noseweek, The Listener, Contrast, New Contrast, Upstream, Quarry, Millennium and others.

He has  noted a tendency for mags to fold after taking his  work but Noseweek has improved! He also writes  poems and often these are accompanied by sly scribbles.  He has published several collections of verse and drawings and one collection of cartoons, Love Amongst the Middle-Aged (Queillerie). He has also has had four successful exibitions of his drawings. 

His second was published in 2004, titled  Waiting For Gateau (the dark night of the roll). He is also a well-known publisher but is infamous for having written on the outside back cover of  Myke Ashley Cooper’s infamous book of Loodcartoons, (which he refused to publish, for some reason known only to himself), “If it is profundity, wit  and gentle humour you are looking for,  don’t buy this book, buy mine!”

Comments (1)

  • Francesca


    15 April 2014 at 13:46 |
    wonderful stuff!

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