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Patrick Oliphant

Political Cartoonist

Patrick Oliphant is one of the world's most prominent political cartoonists today. He was born in Australia and, as a young boy he began his journalistic career as a copyboy for his hometown newspaper. At the age of 20, he was promoted to the position of cartoonist. In 1964, Mr. Oliphant came to the United States to work as the political cartoonist for The Denver Post. One year later, his work was syndicated nationally by the Los Angeles Times.

In 1975, Mr. Oliphant joined the Washington Star and moved to Universal Press Syndicate in 1980. When the Washington Star folded in 1981, Mr. Oliphant decided to work as an independent cartoonist without a home newspaper and he is the only cartoonist who continues to do so successfully. His work is published in countless newspapers and magazines worldwide. Specially commissioned works appear in The New Yorker magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Pat Oliphant has won numerous awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize in 1967, the Thomas Nast Prize of Germany and the Premio Satira Politica of Italy, both in 1992. Dartmouth College honored him in 1981 with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree and the National Cartoonist Society named him "Cartoonist of the Year" in 1972.

Mr. Oliphant's achievements as a cartoonist, painter and sculptor have been celebrated in major exhibitions presented at the Smithsonian Institution, several presidential libraries and most recently, at an installation in the Library of Congress, the first exhibition presented in the newly restored Great Hall.