Barry Blitt, Political Cover Artist and Illustrator

Canadian-born Barry Blitt came to New York in the 1990s to pursue a career as an illustrator. While he had been working in Canada, he felt the move to the big city would further his exposure. And indeed it did. In addition to countless prizes and accolades, in 2020 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning. The Roxbury resident has contributed more than 80 covers to The New Yorker, including the famous Obama fist bump cover, as well as many depicting Trump.


Connecticut Magazine interviews Barry Blitt.

Any new obsessions?

Nothing as all encompassing and ubiquitous as Trump, obviously. Not yet, anyway. There’s a whole crop of hypocritical, un-self-aware congresspeople to draw. And things are volatile in the country and the world, so there’s no shortage of incentive to make cartoons.