Tony Grogan is a cartoonist, illustrator and artist living in Cape Town.
One of the doyen’s of South African cartooning, he is the longest serving editorial cartoonist of the Cape Times having joined that newspaper in 1974. He has also done periods of service for the Sunday Times and Sunday Independent - the latter for twelve years. He presently does the daily front page quip for the Cape Times, titled “Crack of Dawn” which also features in the Natal Mercury. His work has also been published widely in newspapers abroad.
As editorial cartoonist he has pilloried the social and political foibles of our times during a crucial period of South African history. Of his cartoons, veteran journalist, Stanley Uys, said , ”Tony Grogan has the rare ability to make people laugh every day of the year , whether it be his page one quip of the major cartoon of the leader page, his cartoon offerings are a daily delight. Helen Suzman said ,”Grogan’s cartoons have brought both mirth and fury into the dreary area of politics in South Africa. His brilliant satire has sharpened public opinion of contemporary events and has help us laugh at ourselves.” And Nobel laureate ,Archbishop Desmond Tutu commented, “His cartoons have the charming quality that makes you guffaw delightedly and say ’Of course’ even when you happened to be the butt of his mirth.”
Tony Grogan is also an illustrator of note having illustrated many books, both children’s and adult. In addition he has authored seven of his own books of water colours and drawings illustrating his travels to different parts of Southern Africa. These books received critical acclaim and have become valued items of Africana.
His paintings and drawings in a variety of media have been exhibited in many solo exhibitions and are included in important private collections in South Africa and abroad.