For his satirical contributions to The New Yorker, Barry Blitt is the winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in the editorial-cartooning category. The Pulitzer organization praised the Canadian-American’s work that “skewers the personalities and policies emanating from the Trump White House with deceptively sweet watercolour style and seemingly gentle caricatures.”
Born in the Montreal suburb of Côte Saint-Luc, in 1982 Blitt graduated from OCAD University, then known as the Ontario College of Art and Design. On his own website, Blitt’s pithy biography has him as “contributing fussy little drawings to countless publications for what seems like years.”
To elaborate, he is a zippy captioner with a wicked illustrative wit who first started drawing political cartoons for Toronto Magazine. Assignments by American magazines such as Rolling Stone followed, as did a 10-year stint drawing half-page celebrity cartoons for Entertainment Weekly. Now based in Connecticut, the illustrator has enjoyed a nearly three-decade relationship with The New Yorker.
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