Born in Adelaide, Australia in 1935, Patrick Oliphant is one of the world’s most prominent political cartoonists today. As a young boy, he began his journalistic career as a copyboy for his hometown newspaper. He was promoted to the position of cartoonist at the age of twenty.
Oliphant came to the United States in 1964 and worked as a political cartoonist for the Denver Post. His work was syndicated, one year later by the Los Angeles Times. Oliphant joined the Washington Star in 1975 and moved to Universal Press Syndicate in 1980. During the following year, the Washington Star folded and Oliphant decided to work as an independent cartoonist. His work has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines worldwide. Commissioned works appear in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Yorker magazine.
Oliphant won the Pulitzer Prize in 1967 and the Thomas Nast Prize of Germany and the Premio Satira Politica of Italy in 1992. In 1981, Dartmouth College honored him with a Doctor of Human Letters degree and in 1972, the National Cartoonist Society named him, “Cartoonist of the Year”. In 1995, Oliphant produced a six-color lithograph (with collaborating printer, Bill Lagattuta) at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico.