Paul Rigby, the Australian cartoonist whose lush cartoons were a fixture of the new York Post and Daily News in the 70s, has died at age 82.
He began drawing political cartoons for Perth’s afternoon Daily News in 1952 and, between 1960 and 1969, gained national prominence with his cartoons, which were also published in Sydney’s Daily Mirror, winning five Walkley Awards.
Despite his being a Victorian, West Australians claimed him as their own, and his cult following in the state remains to this day.
His drawings often included larrikin Aussies and big-busted blondes in quintessential Australian environments of the times: the pub, the back yard, the footy. Tucked away somewhere in the frame were his trademark urchin and dog.
Rupert Murdoch poached Rigby and took him to London, where he worked for The Sun. His drawings also appeared in News of The World.
Rigby won multiple awards for his cartoons, and was a memver of the Order of Australia. In his later years he opened a gallery for his paintings and cartoons — you can see some photos and read an account of a visit here.