Max Scratchmann

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Max Scratchmann is a British illustrator and author.

He was born in Calcutta, India, to Scottish parents in 1956 and is the author of the autobiographical book, The Last Burrah Sahibs [1] - "Scratchmann tells his story and introduces his characters with the easy style of a practiced humorist" The Scots Magazine

He studied English Literature at the University of Strathclyde[2] but preferred art and began illustrating professionally in the late seventies working as a cartoonist and comic artist but his career took off when he developed a collage style in the 1980s. His editorial work has appeared in magazines and newspapers in the UK, US and Japan including The Guardian, The Big Issue and City Life.

Scratchmann is known for the 'operatic' quality of his images and has created numerous posters for theatre companies, including The Coliseum[3] and Scottish Opera,[4] and in 1996 he was commissioned by Manchester University Press to re-illustrate all the play text covers of their Revels series.[5] His efforts were recognised by the Dimensional Illustrators and the work was exhibited at the Art Directors' Club Gallery in New York city.[6][7]

He had his first one-man-show in August 1999,[8] and his 2008 show, Magicians[9] was described as "an intricate fantasy, nonetheless magical for its mercurial truths" by the Glasgow Herald.[10]

Scratchmann is the author of "Illustration 101"[11] and "Chucking It All", a memoir pulped by its original publisher after its characterisation of Orcadians caused widespread offence in the islands.[12] Scratchmann is also a contributor to various poetry anthologies, the most notable being "Star Trek - The Poems".[13]

Bibliography[edit]

Select bibliography of covers[edit]

  • The Duchess of Malfi (Revels Student Editions) (Paperback) by John Webster Manchester University Press; New edition (17 April 1997) ISBN 978-0-7190-4357-4
  • The Spanish Tragedy (Revels Student Editions) (Paperback)by Thomas Kyd Manchester University Press; New edition (9 May 1996) ISBN 978-0-7190-4344-4
  • Bartholomew Fair (Revels Plays Student Editions) (Paperback) by Ben Jonson Manchester University Press (30 Nov 2000) ISBN 978-0-7190-5150-0
  • The Witch of Edmonton (Revels Student Editions) (Paperback) by Thomas Dekker Manchester University Press; New edition (7 Oct 1999) ISBN 978-0-7190-5247-7
  • The Revenger's Tragedy (Revels Student Editions) (Paperback) by Cyril Tourneur Manchester University Press; New edition (9 May 1996) ISBN 978-0-7190-4375-8
  • The Changeling (Revels Student Editions) (Paperback) by Thomas Middleton Manchester University Press; New edition (2 Jul 1998) ISBN 978-0-7190-4481-6
  • 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Revels Student Editions) (Paperback) by John Ford Manchester University Press; New edition (17 April 1997) ISBN 978-0-7190-4359-8
  • Volpone (Revels Student Editions) (Paperback) by Ben Jonson Manchester University Press; New Ed edition (11 Mar 1999) ISBN 978-0-7190-5182-1
  • The White Devil (Revels Student Editions) (Paperback) by John Webster Manchester University Press; New edition (9 May 1996) ISBN 978-0-7190-4355-0
  • Tamburlaine the Great (The Revels Plays) (Hardcover) by Christopher Marlowe Manchester University Press; New edition (2 Jul 1998) ISBN 978-0-8018-2669-6
  • The Jew of Malta (Revels Student Editions) (Paperback) by Christopher Marlowe Manchester University Press; New edition (21 Aug 1997) ISBN 978-0-7190-5180-7
  • Plays on Women (Revels Plays) (Paperback) by Kathleen McLuskie (Editor) Manchester University Press; Student edition (18 Nov 1999) ISBN 978-0-7190-1646-2
  • States of Mind: Dialogues with Contemporary Thinkers (Paperback) by Richard Kearney New York University Press (1 Aug 1995) ISBN 978-0-8147-4673-8
  • Niccolò Machiavelli's "The Prince": New Interdisciplinary Essays (Texts in Culture) (Paperback) by Martin Coyle (Editor) Manchester University Press (Jul 1995) ISBN 978-0-7190-4196-9
  • Sigmund Freud's the "Interpretation of Dreams": New Interdisciplinary Essays (Texts in Culture) (Paperback) by Laura Marcus (Editor) Manchester University Press (1 April 1999) ISBN 978-0-7190-3974-4
  • Simone de Beauvoir, the "Second Sex": New Interdisciplinary Essays (Texts in Culture) (Paperback) by Ruth Evans (Editor) Manchester University Press (29 Jan 1998) ISBN 978-0-7190-4303-1
  • Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations": A Critical Companion (Texts in Culture) (Paperback) by Stephen Copley (Editor), Kathryn Sutherland (Editor) Manchester University Press (April 1995) ISBN 978-0-7190-3943-0
  • Charles Darwin's "The Origin of Species": New Interdisciplinary Essays (Texts in Culture) (Paperback) by David Amigoni Manchester University Press (April 1995) ISBN 978-0-7190-4025-2
  • Moving Images: Understanding Children's Emotional Responses to Television (Paperback) by David Buckingham Manchester University Press (18 Jan 1996) ISBN 978-0-7190-4596-7
  • Deep Fried Hillman Imp: Scotland's Transport (Discussions S.): Sorting Out Scotland's Transport (Discussions) (Paperback) by Christopher Harvie Argyll Publishing (2 May 2001) ISBN 978-1-902831-30-5

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Steve Savage Publishers, London, 2012, ISBN 978-1904246381
  2. ^ University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 1975-78
  3. ^ Hearts & Minds
  4. ^ Inez de Castro, 1999, La Traviata 2008
  5. ^ Manchester University Press; New edition (9 May 1996) ISBN 978-0-7190-4355-0
  6. ^ Dimensional Illustrators, Bronze Award, paper collage, 1996
  7. ^ Dimensional Illustrators Award Show, New York Art Directors' Club, NYC, 1997.
  8. ^ Painting Fairies, the Edge Gallery, Soho Square, London, UK
  9. ^ Magicians, Aberdeen Art Centre, Jan 2008
  10. ^ Glasgow Herald, 10 Jan 2008
  11. ^ Poison Pixie Publishing, Scotland, 2006, ISBN 978-0-9537307-1-1
  12. ^ Article in The Scotsman http://news.scotsman.com/latestnews/Orkney-satire-makes-for-pulp.5386388.jp
  13. ^ Star Trek- The Poems, Iron Press, Valerie Laws, Ed, 2000, ISBN 978-0-906228-77-7

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