Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective
24 May – 15 September 2019
Exhibited at the House of Illustration
The first major UK retrospective of the celebrated comic artist and graphic novelist.
Posy Simmonds’ sharp satire and progressive female characters have defined a career spanning 50 years. The exhibition showcased her early-career pastiches, iconic cartoon strips for The Guardian and children’s books such as Fred, which became an Oscar-nominated film. It also included the first ever British graphic novel, True Love, unseen pages from Tamara Drewe and drawings from Simmonds’ 2018 book, Cassandra Darke.
Co-curated by Paul Gravett.
Selected reviews and articles
"Intensely enjoyable and astute... Reliably funny and wise."
"Any social historian a century from now wanting to know English life of the late 20th and early 21st century would be well advised to dwell on the work of Posy Simmonds. She has a knack for skewering the detail of people’s lives in an absolutely recognisable way."
"Creating progressive female characters long before the world got 'woke'."
Posy Simmonds at her Retrospective.
Visitors at Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective at House of Illustration.
Left panel from True Love, 1981.
Seven Ages of Woman, France 2009.