Nicholas Garland was born in London, spent part of his childhood in New Zealand, and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. In 1966 he became the Daily Telegraph’s first political cartoonist. He has also contributed cartoons and covers to the New Statesman, the Spectator, and the Independent.
He collaborated on the comic strip ‘Barry Mackenzie’ with Barry Humphries for Private Eye. His books include Travels with My Sketchbook, An Indian Journal, Not Many Dead, and I Wish .... He also contributed illustrations to many books, including The Coma, a novella by his son Alex Garland.
Many of Garland’s cartoons are held at Kent University’s Centre for the Study of Cartoons and Caricature. His prints have been exhibited at the Fine Art Society. In 1998 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire.
“Over the years, Nick Garland has recreated the animal farm of politics with his gift for seeing our rulers as something else—a rabbit, a bull, a pig—and nailing down their characters in a line or a gesture. It is a form of wit, a way of cutting the high and mighty down to size.”
“To me Nick Garland is the cartoonist’s cartoonist. He has such a beautiful and interesting line, and the products of his imagination are always so unexpected.”