Duffy spent 25 years as the front-page cartoonist for the
"It's going to be an exhibit of the cartoons I've done over the last four or five years and some of the watercolors I've been doing," he said.
Those watercolor paintings depict the kind of rural
"You've got the Snake Alley Criterium going on, and I've got some RAGBRAI cartoons," Duffy said. "When I was with the (
Duffy has been fascinated with cartoon art since early childhood and would spend hours copying comic books when he was in second grade. As he got older, Duffy developed an interest in politics and history, making him a perfect fit for the high school newspaper.
He knew he wanted to be a political cartoonist, but the profession already was changing.
"Even back in the '70s, afternoon newspapers were starting to struggle, and the opening for editorial cartoonists were pretty rare," he said. "I got into the profession at the tail end of opportunity. It's a situation where someone had to die or retire for an opening to become available."
As the years went by, Duffy watched his job grow smaller and smaller. Literally.
"When I left the (
That didn't stop Duffy from plying his trade, though, and he now draws
"Instead of looking at another newspaper and going somewhere else, I wanted to stay in
That's how Duffy ended up founding his own company, Brian Duffy Cartoons. The watercolor paintings are just a hobby for now, but he has been getting positive reactions. Duffy has to follow the news to stay on top of his political cartoons, and the paintings allow him to relax and re-create what he sees in front of him. It's a completely different process.
"(The paintings) gave me the opportunity to come to
Duffy is a two-time winner at the World Hunger Media Awards and has won the Clarion Award, among others. He has produced two collections of work, "A Decade of Duffy" and "More Duffy," and is working on a book tentatively titled "A Cartoonist's Guide to the Iowa Caucuses."
His exhibit will be at the Art Center through
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