‘Bandy’ is an amazing illustrator, knows everyone, and is a top bloke. What I admire most is his ability to get the essence of an issue in a single drawing – like the ‘Atlas’ image in the pandemic. It will be a joy for whoever is lucky enough to work with him.
Former Sky Bet CEO, now investor
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Graeme on numerous occasions in the past. His creative talent, wit and ability to use his drawing talent combined with humour are the best.
Sir Gary Verity
Businessman and Sheep Farmer
A talented artist who understands the need to capture the attention of the reader by reflecting issues and talking points, often with humour and sarcasm. Aside from that, a lovely fella too!
Presenter at BBC Look North
Graeme has a rare talent of capturing the idiosyncrasies of his ‘victims’ and transporting them to the realms of humorous reality. I should know, his picture of me hangs proudly in the kitchen!
Journalist, Broadcaster and Former Presenter of BBC Look North
I’m not sure what Graeme must have thought when he was asked to draw me in bed with my two co presenters, but he did an absolutely brilliant job! It captures one of the more crazy moments of my time on Calendar in the perfect way. It was a leaving present that now has pride of place on my wall, makes me smile everyday, is a great talking point and is something I’ll always treasure as a memento of my years there. Thank you Graeme!
Journalist and former presenter of ITV Calendar
I worked first with Graeme on a news feature for BBC Look North in the early days of lockdown during the Covid pandemic. I’d always read the Yorkshire Post and admired his work, years before that.
Graeme’s observations of the pandemic, from the poignant to the ironic, the thoughtful to the funny, offered us all a little relief from the grind of daily reality. He undoubtedly is one of the industry’s most talented professionals and a pleasure to work with.
Reporter and presenter at BBC Look North
Graeme and I became friends on Twitter years ago. His cartoons range from cutting political satire to hard hitting campaign work and he’s recognised as being one of the best in the world at his job. I feel fortunate to have a couple of his originals hanging at home and I teach my young kids about politics using one of his books. Boris who Mummy?
Graeme is an exceptionally talented artist. I love how he captures so much in one image. I asked him to do me a cartoon for a friend incorporating lots of different elements of his life. The outcome was outstanding and my friend adores it. If you want a unique piece of art that captures an important moment and/or person, Graeme’s your man.
Journalist & Television Presenter
Graeme is a wonderful illustrator and has the knack of visually summing up what so many are thinking and feeling, but find hard to express quite so perfectly. His artworks literally speak a thousand words. I have one of his pictures on my wall and it makes me smile everyday.
British Businesswoman & TV Personality
I have a keen interest in politics and came across Graeme’s work on the Twitter feed of The Yorkshire Post. He effortlessly moves from searing satire to poignant empathy, beautifully reflecting and capturing the zeitgeist. I was so impressed that I commissioned him to honour my late Musical Director with a cartoon. It was stunning.
Recording Artist & Musical Theatre Actress
Graeme’s illustrations cut to the heart of the issues. Whether that’s exposing the ridiculousness of government policy, highlighting hypocrisy or with touching tributes to our key workers and local heroes. They can be amusing, thought provoking and incredibly moving. He has an incredible talent that is rare amongst his peers.
Labour MP for Hull West & Hessle
Graeme Bandeira’s hard hitting cartoons are unique. He ranges widely from excellent political caricatures to passionate insight into the social issues of the day. He can be tough but never unnecessarily vindictive. Above all he communicates how much he cares through his art.
Former Editor of Sky News
Graeme is one of the very best cartoonists in Britain. He’s smart, spiky, and always on the money. He manages to be madly irreverent without ever being cruel. When I see one of his cartoons I often feel like I’m watching a burst of film – they’re that vivid. He’s a gem!
Television and Radio Presenter, and Journalist
Despite being the victim of some of Graeme’s finest caricatures, I’m an admirer of his drawing talent and his observational wit.
England Football Manager
Graeme’s cartoons always make me laugh and make me think.
Chief Football Writer at The Times
Put simply, Graeme is one of the very best cartoonists in the country. He combines superb craft skills with a knack for knowing the public mood: and then expresses it, as appropriate, with sharp wit or deft humanity.
BBC Political Correspondent and Presenter
Graeme’s cartoons are always piercingly topical, punctures the pomposity of many modern figures and are great fun. A winning combination.
Television Presenter at ITV
A master of his craft, Graeme Bandeira is one of the leading cartoonists of his generation whose work inspires and entertains. His drawings are wonderfully evocative and he’s got an uncanny knack of putting his finger on the pulse of public opinion. He’s demonstrated this over many years including during the Covid pandemic where his unrivalled work helped keep spirits up and recognised the herculean efforts of our key workers. Nobody better exemplifies the saying; ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ than Graeme.
Labour MP for Barnsley Central and South Yorkshire Mayor
Really sad to see Graeme go from the YP. One of the best satirical cartoonists in the country, his style is instantly recognisable and his wit satisfyingly acerbic. He also has an extraordinary gift for capturing the character of all the pets he paints – our Rocky aka Westminster Dog of the Year – was one such subject. Good luck with whatever’s next Graeme.
Labour and West Yorkshire Mayor
Graeme is a once in a lifetime talent. One of the best satirical journalists around whose cartoons and illustrations have captured a region’s/nation’s hearts and feelings for many years but non more so during the Coronavirus pandemic. Over and above all this, Graeme is a thoroughly decent bloke, loved by many.
CEO West and North Yorkshire Chamber
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