'The Wall' Artist, GERALD SCARFE Selling His Entire PINK FLOYD Archive

3000+ items trace creation of 'The Wall' from concept to film

November 6, 2019

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Artist GERALD SCARFE, whose iconic, unforgettable images that were created for PINK FLOYD's 'The Wall,' is selling his entire archive of Pink Floyd-related artwork. Scarfe – a political cartoonist known for his trademark darkly comic caricatures – developed The Wall‘s imagery and characters, a twisted menagerie that would keep the attention of concertgoers while Pink Floyd literally built a wall between themselves and the audience. The artist 'tested the auction waters' back in 2017, offering up about a dozen pieces of art used for the 1982 film adaptation of  'The Wall.' Among the items that Mr. Scarfe hand selected for that sale were 'The Scream' (used during a battlefield sequence and on the movie poster), 'Giant Judge and Hammers,' 'The Teacher, and 'The Mother and Education For What?'. Of that handful of works, the image entitled 'The Scream,' (used in the movie poster) sold for a staggering $1.85 million dollars, and has now spurred the artist to sell the rest of his collection-some 3000 pieces in all. Among the items headed for the auction block will be sketches, paintings, storyboards, memorabilia, animation cels, stage props and more, and can be viewed at the website for The San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAE).  Roger Waters was very impressed with Scarfe's animation and illustration techniques after viewing one of his animated films, and he expressed his desire to work with him to Floyd drummer, Nick Mason, saying, “We got to work with this guy; he’s fucking mad. We need him onboard.”  Scarfe worked with the band on their in-concert films and the animated video for 'Welcome To The Machine' for their 1977 tour. (watch the video below) He was involved with the band and the creation of 'The Wall's' images dating all the way back to when Roger Waters discussed the concept with him. Scarfe was also enlisted as the co-director of the film.

Mr. Scarfe's hope is that the collection stays intact, telling Rolling Stone Magazine that, “I’d like it, if possible, to be kept together. It could probably get cut up and divided, but my ideal would be to sell it to one collector who keeps it, because it’s got every concept of The Wall from when I first met Roger [Waters]. Small notes, sketches and so forth, which I then developed into bigger sketches."