DARRIN BELL, as an artist and thinker, excels at identifying society’s dividing lines.
That is a key reason why the National Press Foundation is announcing that Bell is the 2016 recipient of its Clifford K. & James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons.
“Darrin Bell’s edgy cartoons are highly focused on current events that fascinate and offend us,” the Berryman judges said. “He addresses issues of ‘otherism’ — immigration, xenophobia, LGBTQ rights, gun violence — with intelligence and humor.”
The jury also praised the style of the L.A.-based Bell, whose work is distributed by The Washington Post News Service & Syndicate: “There is an effective dark overlay to his drawings, a chiaroscuro if you will, that lends itself to the serious topics he covers so well.”
“This is a huge honor,” Bells told Comic Riffs while thanking his syndicate — “which gives me all the freedom I could ask for to say what I think needs to be said” — as well as his family, “who give me a reason to say it.”
Bell also creates the syndicated comic strips “Candorville” and “Rudy Park.”
Former Washington Star art critic Florence Berryman created the award in 1989 to honor her late father and brother, both Pulitzer-winning political cartoonists.
The honor will be presented to Bell on Feb. 16 in Washington, at the National Press Foundation’s annual journalism awards.
Last year in Washington, Bell received the RFK Award for Cartoons.