Bruce Petty Obituary, New South Wales, Australian political satirist and cartoonist has died
- john Gibson
Bruce Petty Obituary, Death – Bruce Petty, an Australian cartoonist, filmmaker, and humorist, died at the age of 93. According to a statement provided by his family, Petty died painlessly on Thursday morning. According to the statement, he “leaves behind him his loving family and will be dearly missed by all.”
In 1949, Petty began his career as an artist at a Box Hill animation studio. He was born in the Melbourne district of Doncaster, in the city’s north-east, in 1929. He returned to Australia and became one of the country’s most well-known political cartoonists after receiving international acclaim for his work in publications such as The New Yorker and Esquire. Petty was a cartoonist for both The Age and The Australian. He was well renowned for his biting political satire, both locally and internationally, and for making artwork that showed the inner workings of governments.
Petty made these words in his bio for The Age. “I suppose it’s traditional for political cartoonists to take on community leaders,” Petty noted. “Our global commercial world is now managed by much more powerful individuals, yet they wish to stay nameless… Although cartoonists frequently caricature politicians, in many cases, the ultimate authority is held by an entirely other set of people. We represent them as an enigmatic and wicked people.”
Despite winning an Academy Award for his short film Leisure in 1977, Petty claims he was never presented with the statuette. “At the time I received it, the producer had just won an Oscar.” Petty told The Age in 2004: “We got a picture of it, a very nice gold-framed picture.” Petty also got the Silver Stanley Award from the Australian Cartooning Association in 2001, a Quill Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, and a Walkley Award in 2016. Throughout his career, Petty received all of these distinctions.