The 5 best political cartoons from Behind the Lines 2017
David Rowe, Behind the Lines 2017 signature cartoon
“Although this cartoon doesn’t feature the painterly background Rowe’s work is often known for, it is full of the detail and sophisticated composition that he brings to his practice. Some of my favourite elements are the airy motifs he has peppered across the cartoon which give a great sense of movement. The air in Bill Shorten’s umbrella, the wind turbine and the flying Twitter birds, the precarious rope Trump is balanced on all give the feeling of being high above the ground but for me it is the wind in Trump’s coat tails that sets the whole scene off.”.
Matt Golding, Taking the Lead, The Sunday Age, 19 March 2017
“Taking some of the most banal objects in daily life – the powerboard and the double plug – Matt Golding has succinctly summed up the complexity of the nation’s power dilemma.”
Alan Moir, Closing the Gap, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 February 2017
“Moir’s poignant image, set under a night sky (which doubles as the Australian Flag) shows the huge distance that still needs to be bridged with Indigenous equality. This cartoon pricks the heart and the conscience.”
See more of Alan Moir's cartoons at the Behind The Lines website.
Glen Le Lievre, On a Roll, Crikey, 28 March 2017
“Le Lievre’s cigar smoking fat cat presents a Sisyphean task for our PM. Drawn with a beautiful visual style featuring lovely little elements like the falling top hat, the bursting coat jacket and the cat’s smile we can almost feel sympathetic for Turnbull’s plight as he struggles under the pressure of big business interests.”
Cathy Wilcox, Great Barrier Greef, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 April 2017
“While the debate rages in the media and in parliament, after record-breaking coral bleaching last summer Cathy Wilcox invites us to consider the long-term repercussions of our actions and what we stand to lose.”