Adam Dant has been named as the 2015 Election Artist by the House of Commons Speaker’s advisory committee on works of art.
A Jerwood Drawing Prize‑winning British artist, Dant draws narrative tableaux similar to those made by the great 18th-century social satirist, William Hogarth. “Drawing the electorate in the street with crayon, usually with my chinagraph pencil, is a great way of engaging with people,” Dant, 47, told the Observer as his appointment was announced this weekend. The fourth artist to be hired in this role since 2001, he plans to travel across Britain, paying ordinary voters as much attention as electioneering politicians.
Somewhat bizarrely I bumped into him at the reburial ceremony of Richard III in Leicester (that’s Dant sketching in the foreground).
Dant’s work will be unveiled in Parliament later in the year. You can read more about his appointment here.
Photograph: Nigel Farage, UK Independence Party, Buckingham, 5th May 2010 © Simon Roberts, from The Election Project
After UKIP’s surge in the polls in the Eastleigh byelection this week, Andrew Rawnsley writes in today’s Observer “Nigel Farage is the ebullient face on a rackety gang which attracts some very strange characters and is riddled with faction-fighting. Its policy prospectus would be torn to shreds if anything like it was ever offered by any of the main parties. Ukip’s literature in Eastleigh promised tax cuts for “everyone” and more spending on everything from the restoration of student grants to more generous pensions to more prisons. It must be the only party to be led by people who still believe in Santa Claus.”
My Election Project series can currently be seen on the wall at Flowers Gallery in London.