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Jerry Moriarty (born January 15, 1938 in Binghamton, New York) is an American artist and teacher at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in Manhattan. He describes himself as a "paintoonist".[1] Moriarty entered the Pratt Institute in 1956 and earned a BFA in 1960. After graduating he worked as a freelance magazine illustrator to support his Abstract Expressionist painting. He gave up abstraction in 1963 and starting his teaching career at the School of Visual Arts.

Jerry Moriarty
Born (1938-01-15) January 15, 1938 (age 81)
Binghamton, New York
Area(s)Cartoonist, Writer, Artist
Notable works
Jack Survives

Moriarty had his first one-man show in 1974 in SoHo. Subsequently, he has featured in exhibitions in Chelsea in 1984, at the SVA Museum in 1999 and at CUE Art Foundation in 2004".[2] He received a NEA grant in 1977.

His cartoonist work Jack Survives was first published in the first number of Art Spiegelman´s RAW (magazine) in 1980, featured in later issues and first collected as a RAW-One-Shot, No. 3, in 1984. In 2009, at the age of 71, he published The Complete Jack Survives with Buenaventura Press.[3]

Other projects include A Visual Crime, four double-page illustrations accompanied with a short story in the 1990 anthology Gin & Comix and the Sally's Surprise series of multi-panel paintings.

Chris Ware credited him for "introducing solemnity and eternity in a medium that normally trades in the snappy and the lurid".[4]


  1. ^ "Chris Ware talks with Jerry Moriarty". The Believer. McSweeney's. 7 (9). November–December 2009.
  2. ^ "Jerry Moriarty: Curated by Art Spiegelman". CUE Art Foundation. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  3. ^ Spurgeon, Tom (2009-09-01). "The Complete Jack Survives". The Comics Reporter. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Chris Ware ARTIST TALKS WITH Jerry Moriarty "PAINTOONIST"". The Believer. December 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2010.

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