Published on November 27th, 2018 | by Gaelle Finley




Havill & Travis are proud to present the first commercial show for 20 years by Birmingham’s Cartoonist, Hunt Emerson.

The exhibition opens to the public on 4th December with a private viewing on Monday 3rd December. The exhibition is open Mon-Tues 11.00am – 8.00pm, Wed-Fri 11.00am – 11.00pm and is free admission. Original artwork and prints are available to buy from the exhibition.

Work from throughout Hunt’s long and illustrious career will be showcased at the exhibition, including original drawings, limited edition screen-prints, limited edition giclee prints and lithographs. Pieces include…

  • A new Silkscreen edition of Calculus Cat alongside original drawings of Calculus; “Back to Work” and “TV Party”.
  • Blues Hero’s giclee prints from original artwork commissioned by Fiesta Magazine including Sonny Boy Williamson and Big Bill Broonzy.
  • The Beat original album cover art from 1980 and new Silkscreen editions of “Here We Go Love” and “I Just Can’t Stop It”.


Born in Newcastle in 1952, and resident in Birmingham since the early 1970s, Hunt Emerson has drawn comics for over 40 years. His work has been widely published locally, nationally and internationally, and he has become known as Birmingham’s Cartoonist – a title he is proud to acknowledge, as he has come to love his adopted city.

He has published more than 30 books of his iconoclastic comic strips, including “The Cartoon Lady Chatterley’s Lover”, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, “Casanova’s Last Stand” and “Dante’s Inferno”. Most recently, he published “Bloke’s Progress”, an exploration in comics of the ideas of Victorian artist, critic and philosopher John Ruskin – an arguably dry subject matter turned comical!

In 2000 Hunt was chosen for inclusion in the exhibition “75 Masters of European Comic Art” by the Bibliotheque Nationale de France and the CNBDI, Angouleme. This year – 2018 – he has been given a Sergio Award (named after Sergio Aragones) by the National Cartoonists Society on America.

Hunt worked at Birmingham Art’s Lab in the 70’s and as part of the catalogue for its 30th anniversary he created a beautiful colour illustration which is included in this exhibition alongside giclee prints available for sale.


Havill & Travis Gallery exhibits at Primitivo Bar all year round.

Formerly in Harborne, Havill & Travis have hosted exhibitions from Brian Travers, Emily Sparkes, Erika Nockals to name a few.



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