Dave Brown is the political cartoonist for The Independent.
He studied Fine Art at Leeds University, graduating in 1980, and later taught art.
Before becoming a cartoonist he also worked as a motorcycle courier and was the drummer in a punk band.
In 1989 he won the Sunday Times Political Cartoon Competition and subsequently worked for a number of British newspapers and magazines before taking up a regular post on The Independent in 1996.
In 2006 his cartoon Venus Envy was voted Political Cartoon of the Year, an award he also won in 2003. In 2004 he was named Political Cartoonist of the Year by both the Political Cartoon Society and the Cartoon Art Trust.
In 2009 his book Rogues’ Gallery: More Misused Masterpieces was published, the second collection of his political cartoons pastiching famous paintings.
An Independent Line: Cartoons from The Independent (Political Cartoon Society, 2008)
"Just when Kant's formulation that 'the public exercise of reason should be free' had begun to seem so remote and exhausted, the Battle should reinforce one's faith in the enduring worth of dissent and of the free traffic in ideas"
Swapan Chakravorty, professor of english, Jadavpur University