Wanting to add humor to an art exhibit in London, the United Kingdom’s Government Art Collection turned to a Texas lawyer and cartoonist.
Through Sept. 2, the Whitechapel Gallery in London is featuring a cartoon by Charlie Fincher, the creator of LawComix and the retired political strips The Illustrated Daily Scribble and Thaddeus & Weez. A museum curator contacted Fincher to request a cartoon for the exhibit, Fincher says.
Fincher, of counsel at The Allison Law Firm in Brownsville, explains that the section of the art exhibit featuring his work recounts a 2005 controversy related to then-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair loaning a Winston Churchill bust to then-President George Bush to display in the Oval Office. The controversy resulted in the Churchill bust returning to England.
The Fincher cartoon in the exhibit shows Churchill poking fun at Bush for a speech he gave after Hurricane Katrina. Bush “talked in vernacular, like he always did, and it sounded a bit inelegant. I have the Churchill bust playing with that presentation of Bush,” says Fincher, noting in comparison that Churchill was known for his eloquent speeches during World War II.
Fincher says he has been drawing and publishing cartoons since the late 1970s. He also creates impressionistic paintings using acrylics and oils. Being an artist is like being a jazz musician, he says.
“If you have it in you, you will play that instrument no matter what you do. I am going to draw and paint no matter what I do,” he says.
-- Angela Morris